Rupert Murdoch wants to replace teachers with computers. He said "you can get by with half as many teachers."
Jersey Jazzman, a New Jersey teacher wrote a list of things that computers can't do...things you need teachers for. It's one of the best lists like this I've seen...
I present to you, Rupert, a list of all of things a computer can't do that a teacher can:
- Give a hug to a five-year-old who scraped her knee.
- Give notes to a 17-year-old who slept through the last lecture class because he was up all night working to support his family.
- Coach the JV girls basketball team to a 3-14 season, but make the #12 girl on the squad feel like she was the deciding factor in those three wins.
- Direct the seventh grade talent show, and watch as the other kids' jaws drop when that shy girl who always wears her hair in her face belts out a show-stopper.
- Take the high road when, during a call about a seven-year-old's behavior problems, a parent breaks into an obscenity-filled tirade that ends in tears.
- Teach a third grade class that putting away materials properly is the most important job an artist has.
- Find a way for a kid with cerebral palsy to play kickball.
- Command respect.
- Counsel and console a first-year colleague who swore she'd never raise her voice in her classroom, but just did.
- Volunteer to lead yet another committee on yet another state-wide initiative with yet another professional-development goal.
- Bag everybody's jacket, hat, backpack, and mittens separately to prevent another outbreak of head lice.
- Break up a fight before it starts between two two-hundred-and-twenty-pound football players over something so stupid that neither can remember exactly what it was.
- Stand on conviction.
- Share in the pride an eighth-grader feels when she finally figures out what "x" is.
- Make pain au chocolat sound so good that it's worth learning French just to order it.
- Help a 15-year-old see that he has something in common with Hamlet.
- Move a class of six-year-olds around a mound of puke and out the door.