Computers Will Never Win
by mintoo on December 19, 2017 - 12:28am
According to Coughlan (2015), OECD has ranked Australia, Denmark and Greece as the top countries in ‘average daily minutes using internet at school’, and the countries at the bottom of the list include Poland, Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and, South Korea. It is said that Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden had “significant declines” in reading performance, and Spain, Norway, and Denmark had results that had “stagnated” (Coughlan, 2015). While the world debates if computers should be frequently used in education, and if the technology will someday substitute teachers, I stand to my opinion that computers can never replace teachers. My reasons are that the usage of computers can affect the grades of the students, and that computers do not have the essential experience teachers do.
First, let us look at how the usage of computers can affect the grades of students. Imagine a class in a computer classroom, and each student has a computer to themselves. Next, the teacher is explaining something on the screen, while the students work on their computers. What happens next? It is inevitable and predictable that students will start looking up different things that are not related to the class on their own computers. Some may even start playing games, or searching for things that are more interesting to them. The result? The class fails to pay attention and the teacher struggles to move on. If classes were to be held in this way, there will be no progress in regard to learning and teaching, which eventually leads to lower grades. According to Pigott (2015), an investigation by Cambridge University showed that 845 students aged between 14 and 16 had their scores reduced by the equivalent of two grades per every extra hour spent on technology.
Additionally, computers may encourage students to cut and paste “prefabricated” homework answers from the internet (Coughlan, 2015). There are already many cases around the world, where students find the answers on the internet, take them as their own, and submit their assignments. The consequences would be the drop in their grades as they would not have understood anything. With information shared before, studies have found out that “there is no single country in which the internet is used frequently at school by a majority of students and where students’ performance improved” (Coughlan, 2015). Referring to Adams (2016), he mentioned that even the most intelligent students were distracted by the presence of digital devices. In a way, technology can be useful when it comes to using materials or researching things online, but the heavy use of the gadgets can be a bad interference to the students, and will not actually help with the lessons.
Another reason to support my judgement is that computers do not have the experience that teachers have. Quoting Marsh (2015), humans are social animals and there is something about the human connection between students and teachers that matters a lot. So, what is the definition of a good teacher? In my opinion, a good teacher is someone who uses various kinds of teaching methods and actively engages the students. He or she will also expose a wide range of information to the students and encourage them to learn and be eager to know more. If a teacher were to rely heavily on gadgets and technology, that would be a bad influence and role model to the students. Teachers are quite important as they have feelings, emotions, and experiences in teaching and gaining knowledge, while computers only have information. This undeniable fact is stronger than the fact that computers have information. A student may be able to get ideas, inspirations, and information from computers, but a teacher has skills in teaching and gaining knowledge, which will be passed down to the students in classes and activities. Computers can be good tools, but they do not have the ability to understand the students, or share personal experiences with them.
As stated above, technology is frequently used across the world, but the countries with the largest number of intelligent students rarely use computers in their classrooms. Overall, computers do affect the grades and performance of the students inside and outside classes. These points support my opinion that computers can never replace teachers as they do not have the same ability as teachers do.
Coughlan, S. (2015) Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD. BBC. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34174796
Adams, R (2016) Students who use digital devices in class ‘perform worse in exams’. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/may/11/students-who-use-digit...
Marsh, S (2015) Could computers ever replace teachers?. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/feb/24/computers-replac...
Pigott, R. (2015) Screen time affects grades, says study. BBC. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-34149242/screen-time-affects-grades-says-s...