Korea Uses Robots As Teachers, Replacing Many Foreign English Teachers

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In Korea, students are learning English from robots.  The article here suggests that Korea is going to replace more foreign English teachers with robots.  20,000 to 30,000 foreign English teachers may lose jobs.  In a good way, robots have no bias toward a single student.  In a bad way, these robots aren’t yet perfect as in measuring up to a real human teacher.  It’s unclear how robots are responding to students’ concerns beyond a curriculum.  Human teachers know how to use subtle means and methods to advance a student since each student learns differently, how robots are going to do that?  Obviously though, robots are going to have more knowledge than any single teacher since its memory could hold a lot more data, unlike fickle memory of a human.

Korea is going where few countries have yet ventured in education by using robots in replacing human teachers.  If the program goes well, nobody knows how far Korea will go along with the robots as teachers.  Teachers in Korea may lose jobs in great number if robots are better at teaching.  Maybe in the future, the whole school will be under supervision of one human principal and the rest of the teachers are robots.  Addressing the bully students still have to be a responsibility of a respectable human such as a human principal, because I still cannot imagine how a robot will be able to address such a scenario for the students.  What do you think about robots as teachers?  Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20026714-1.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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