Can Computers Substitute Teachers?

Advances in technology have affected most aspects of people’s lives, particularly in the field of education. Without a doubt education and the learning process have changed dramatically since the inception of computers. Axiomatically, although sophisticated systems have made computers more astute, they are not ready to substitute teachers in the learning process, especially in the classrooms.

Indubitably, the acquisition of knowledge is more fun and easier with computers. Students learn in an enjoyable environment. Exploring using the computer constitutes an enjoyable task as compared to listening passively to the lecturers in the classroom. Most of the avid learners, on the other hand, prefer learning through a physical teachers who can answer and clarify doubts without further delay.

The presence of a teacher is essential for students as the human contact influences them in positive ways. Majority of the students realised that they are not dealing with a machine who are not capable of responding to them at once, however, they prefer to learn through human being who deserves attention and respect. If they learn through teams, they can understand the importance of teamwork and respect for other students who help them improve their social skills.

Moreover, teachers provide moral support during the learning process. Teachers are able to determine the specific needs of each individual  and respond accordingly. Teachers, are required in the learning process as they acknowledge some students’  deficiencies and tailor solutions based on their needs. By repeating the same explanation, giving extra exercises or even suggesting a private tutor, students are able to solve their problems. This reduces frustration and motivates students to strive harder. The personal touch of a teacher makes a difference in the academic journey of a student. A computer, no matter how sophisticated its software is, can hardly mimic the expertise of a teacher. Computers are unable to explain and adapt complex concepts to different individuals. Therefore, there is the necessity for a human being to be able to attend to the specific needs of each individual.

In a nutshell, the role for teachers in the learning process is still crucial. Within a year, a decade or even a century, it will continue to be implemented. No machine can replace the human interaction – teacher’s guidance, teacher’s influence, and teacher’s moral support – and its consequences. Computers cannot instill moral values and ethics in learners unlike teachers.


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