Edison thought that the movie would do that, as every student could then have access to the best teachers on the planet via film; that hasn’t come to pass.
Darren remembers film strips and VCRs.
He also doubts “technology will provide information that cannot be ignored; transparency will be required by the public, and decisions will be made based on this more readily available data.”
That may be true in the future, but I’ve seen no evidence of it yet here in California in the present day. Our schools publish “school report cards” and the state publishes test performance scores for each school–I haven’t seen a mad rush of people using this information to “improve” schools.
The book suggests teachers would play a variety of roles in the “brave new technological world.”
Some may work with students in computer labs, handling much larger classes than today’s teachers do (because the computers are taking over much of the actual teaching). Some may work with students online, but still do it in real time. Some may engage in distance learning but do it asynchronously (that is, not in real time). Some may work mainly with parents, monitoring student progress and assuring proper student oversight. Some may oversee or serve as mentors to the front-line teachers themselves.
It sounds good, Darren writes. But how realistic is it?