Will Teachers Become Obsolete?


By David Cutler 

I’m proud to admit that I’m a huge Star Trek geek. It’s a visionary concept that displays a future where technology makes life better. For the time being, let’s just forget that Khan planned to use the Genesis Devise to destroy whole planets.

In the 2009 reboot, a young Spock learn from an advanced computer in the Vulcan Learning Center. Each pupil receives one-on-one attention from an artificial intelligence, posing science and math questions at rapid fire pace.

Back in 2013, we are nowhere close to making this technology a reality—and for a whole host of reasons, perhaps we never should. But that doesn’t mean that traditional education is in not danger of becoming outdated and misguided.

When I see teachers resisting change, refusing to recognize the changes around us, including our students, when I see teachers refusing to believe there is a place for technology in education and refusing to figure out how better to integrate it, then I fear we are asking to become obsolete. — Larry Strauss, (The Huffington Post).

Like it or not, technology will only continue to play a larger role in how we work, communicate, and conduct our lives. It is naive to believe that schools can or even should serve as insular safe-havens from the outside world. But even if some succeed in doing so, this accomplishes nothing in providing our students with the tools and ethical sense to navigate in an increasingly digital world.

The most successful teachers don’t just teach the mandated curriculum. They learn and understand emerging technologies, and how to apply these inventions to making learning easier and, dare I say it, more enjoyable.



As a coach, history and journalism teacher at Brimmer and May, a wonderful independent school in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, I have the absolute best job in the world. I am thrilled to get up every morning to engage with interesting young people, and I'm equally fortunate to have such amazing colleagues and mentors. As the founder of Spin Education, I encourage you to check-in frequently and submit posts and lessons—all in an effort to better our practice as teachers.

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