by Adriana Medina, Enrique Martinez, Jalen Matthews, Brandi Lopez, Josh Manheimer, Kai Koslov, Nia Larkins
In recent years, technology has advanced faster than anyone could have foreseen, propelling many industries to new heights. Some industries are able to adapt to this modern era of technology, yet some must make tradeoffs to stay with the curve. The industry of education is a peculiar case in regards to this question.
In some ways, new technology has enhanced our education system, providing more interactive software that can tailor course material for each individual child. China and Japan are leading the charge for technologies in education, implementing robots to sing, dance, converse, and even do math with the children. Robots are still not common in schools, with most places choosing to keep a human teacher to instruct children. Many people are opposed to putting the education of their children in the hands of emotionless robots who will force people out of work. The cost of robots also likely contributes to the lack of them in schools; many places can’t afford them. Even with these factors, robots are already starting to cause people to lose their jobs, saving money for companies in the long run but affecting the welfare of individuals.
However, despite the hesitation of many people to introduce robots into education in the US, interactive computer software has started to be integrated into the curriculum in some places. This progression represents a willingness by citizens to explore some of the options that technology has provided us. While this software might displace some workers, those who continue working will save a lot of time. Most of the software being used is interactive and will change based on the skill level of the student. This enables teachers to focus more on individualized attention on certain students and get the best out of each child.
Humans and robots can potentially work together to teach students, but there might be resistance in getting humans to do this. In nations such as China, where the government has complete control over the education system, there will be less pushback. Due to this, China is expected to increase the amount of robots they have in their classrooms. More teachers will be replaced and students will no longer get the same exposure to human compassion that they did. In the US, we expect the technology to advance and get smarter, but we don’t think robots will assume too much responsibility for the education of our students – at least for now.
As we stated before, Americans will not be so quick to put so many teachers out of work and leave the education of our children in the hands of robots. This is one of the few industries that we can identify where technology takeover isn’t imminent.
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