Education Of Tomorrow Won’t Be So Static As The Current One

As 21st century moves along, I think education will eventually take up a new shape.  The future is here, because new technologies in communication and learning keep on happening.  This means in the future children and adults alike will have more choices of how to go about learning something.  Furthermore, artificial intelligence may just take over the teachers’ job one day, because new information can always be fed into AI’s algorithms that could be helpful to how teaching would be done in the future.

Of course, I don’t think futuristic educational system would bring education into only homeschool situation.  In fact I think without real interaction among real human fellow students, no matter how excellent a futuristic educational system could become the students would not be able to excel.  I think students’ cooperation in activities such as teamwork is very important, because besides learning just facts students could enhance real life experiences such as how to help each other out in completing a project and whatnot.

Still, I think the futuristic educational system might be very different than what we have now, because robots will be able to communicate with humans as if they’re human.  Thus, robots with super intelligent artificial brains could become both teachers and fellow students to help human students learn better.

While we think of the positive possibilities of a futuristic educational system, we should also take a closer look at what we’re having now.  I think the current educational system may not be able to do a good job in preparing the students for an even faster, ever changing future.  As we speak, many forms of communication allow messages and information to transform the world at breakneck speed.  If we throw in the futuristic artificial intelligence aspect, the future might very well be operating at a faster speed than now.  Right now though, the current education system isn’t fast enough in updating educational courses to stay relevant with time.  Thus, students can only learn what had happened and won’t be ready for a totally different future.

I could be exaggerating a bit, but what if whatever students learn right now could not help them find a job when they’re ready to enter the workforce?  Perhaps, what they are learning right now could be outdated in a few years, and nobody could help them when they are ready for the job market.  As earth population size increases and communication becomes even faster, the competitiveness of the world workforce can only be increased.  This means more people are going to compete for the same skills and jobs.  Jobs are finite, and so not everyone will be able to bring the bacon home.  Without a proper education, such a population will be missing out in competitiveness.

When we throw artificial intelligence into the equation of tomorrow, the probability of finding a good job in the future would be shrunk to many times more.  After all, artificial intelligence could provide efficient and smart automation, and these capabilities could outperform the human touch.  In my opinion, as time ticks along, I can see a future where humans would face so much competition that without a proper education the situation could only become ever more severe.  Nonetheless, no students would be able to get proper education if the education system of today can only be so static.

Furthermore, if teachers of today are not being paid adequately, the breakdown of the current education system is already at a critical juncture.  Of course, the future will come eventually, but don’t we also have to worry about right now?  Thus I think besides providing a good education, the people who are striving to make the education better such as teachers should be receiving a very good care and pay from the education system.

Substitute Teacher Sues Software Company For Violating Her Privacy And Amendment Rights

Technology often is ahead of laws by gazillion miles.  This is why sometimes we often hear about cases go to trials without clear confidence that the judge, the jury, the defendants, and the accusers are in their right minds.  The laws often are outdated and needed to be updated to fit with time and technology, or else someone ought to be having a court battle of the wrong conviction.  Anyhow, a new case has caught my attention which is about a substitute teacher, 52 year-old Clements-Jeffrey, sues a software company for violating her privacy and fourth and fourteenth amendment rights.

The software company was successfully tracked down the stolen laptop which was stoled from Clark County School District’s public library by a student, but the laptop wasn’t in the vicinity of the thief, instead the police had arrested the substitute teacher for the stolen laptop.  It turned out the substitute teacher had bought the stolen laptop from the student without knowing it was stolen.  The police released the substitute teacher and dismissed all charges against her, and everything supposed to end there; unfortunately, the software company had downloaded the naked images/photos of Clements-Jeffrey and showed those images to the police officers.  The police officers were joked about those photos when they arrested her.  Those naked photos of Clements-Jeffrey were meant to be seen by her lover only.

So, the question is the software company has done something wrong here?  We know the software company carried out its job/service for the school successfully by tracking down the stolen laptop, but the software company had also obtained naked images from Clements-Jeffrey without her permission.  With that in mind, it seemed the substitute teacher had the right to sue the software company since she wasn’t charged with any misdeed.  Nonetheless, should the software company acquire additional information such as images to identify the thieves without their permissions?  The software company had handed those naked images of Clements-Jeffrey over to the police officers, because witholding evidence, if the images considered to be evidence, would be wrong, right?  Then again, should the software company only had to point out the locations of the thieves and allowed the police officers/authorities to gather evidences?  If it was the police officers who had obtained the naked images of Clements-Jeffrey first, should she have the right to sue the police officers/department?  Obviously, Clements-Jeffrey was freed from all criminal charges and so she had the right to sue the oppositions to compensate her disposition, but will the laws allow the thieves to have the same opportunity as Clements-Jeffrey as well if indeed that they are in her situation?

Obviously, I don’t know jack about the laws, but I do know something about common sense.  Unfortunately, common sense does not dictate who is guilty and who isn’t so, because only the laws of the land can dictate such terms.  Furthermore, sometimes common sense does not have a clear approach to solving cases that won’t conform with time.  Sometimes, even new laws have to be written to complement the inadequate legal system.  In this case, my common sense tells me jack, because it’s obvious that Clements-Jeffrey’s privacy and her amendment rights were violated, but the software company wasn’t an outright evil-doer (i.e., their job is to track down the stolen laptop).  It’s interesting to see the outcome of this case, because it might be something worth to be dissected for future cases.

Meanwhile according to Digital Life, U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice had allowed the case to proceed.  You can read the judge’s 49 page decision here.

Source:  http://digitallife.today.com/_news/2011/09/01/7554439-tracking-no-excuse-to-record-teachers-naked-chat-pics, http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/08/Clements-Jeffrey-v.-Springfield.pdf

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