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If you think of the jobs robots could never do, you would probably put doctors and teachers at the top of the list. It's easy to imagine robot cleaners and factory workers, but some jobs need human connection and creativity. But are we underestimating what robots can do? In some cases, they already perform better than doctors at diagnosing illness. Also, some patients might feel more comfortable sharing personal information with a machine than a person. Could there be a place for robots in education after all?

British education expert Anthony Seldon thinks so. And he even has a date for the robot takeover of the classroom: 2027. He predicts robots will do the main job of transferring information and teachers will be like assistants. Intelligent robots will read students' faces, movements and maybe even brain signals. Then they will adapt the information to each student. It's not a popular opinion and it's unlikely robots will ever have empathy and the ability to really connect with humans like another human can.

One thing is certain, though. A robot teacher is better than no teacher at all. In some parts of the world, there aren't enough teachers and 9–16 per cent of children under the age of 14 don't go to school. That problem could be partly solved by robots because they can teach anywhere and won't get stressed, or tired, or move somewhere for an easier, higher-paid job.

Those negative aspects of teaching are something everyone agrees on. Teachers all over the world are leaving because it is a difficult job and they feel overworked. Perhaps the question is not 'Will robots replace teachers?' but 'How can robots help teachers?' Office workers can use software to do things like organise and answer emails, arrange meetings and update calendars. Teachers waste a lot of time doing non-teaching work, including more than 11 hours a week marking homework. If robots could cut the time teachers spend marking homework and writing reports, teachers would have more time and energy for the parts of the job humans do best.



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Actually i had never been meet or have a robot,and i don't have any idea about what the robots can do or the mission for which they were invented.I just saw some robots in cartoon.But if i asking about having a robot as a teacher,i'll never agree,because i'll feel so scared and uncomfortable.Moreover,the difference between human and robot is the mind,the element that make human enables to think and processes about any problem face it,for example if students ask his teacher about something in their lessons,he can answer them whatever the question,because his knowledge is not limited in a level or specific lesson.On the other hand the robots are just a human invention where we put only the things that we want it to do,not more.
This is my first comment,i'm very happy and i"m sure that there is a lot of mistakes,so please correct theme.I have a lot of to say about this topic but may vocabulary is too bad, i work hard to improve it.Thanks you.

Hello fatimazahra,

Thank you for the interesting comment. I'm not sure I'd like a robot as a teacher, though I'm sure it will happen in the future in some schools!


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I think that i wouldn't like to have a robot as a teacher. That is because a teacher does not only teach the professional subjects but also share their life experiences with students. It's very important for the last part i mentioned before. It's very valuable to learn experiences and points of view from teachers. Furthermore, the relationship between teachers and students is precious. So far, I can still remember a lot of memories about my senior high school's life that i interacted with my teachers and what they said. The most irreplaceable thing is that the emotion correlation between teachers and students. Thus, it is suitable for a robot to work as an assistant rather than replace teachers.

I’m a teacher and in the school already a lot of home works are marked by computers. In each classroom there is a Multimedia blackboard, it means that my lessons is very different than years ago. So robots are already in the school.

Hello Everyone;

Teachers are holy, they have a soul and they are idealist. But robot teachers hasn't this values. That's way robots musn't be teachers. Maybe it can be on somewhere ever no teacher. However if we can make high tecnology robots , we can raise young new teachers everwhere..

Also have a litle english, but I learning about 4 month. Sorry. for own mistakes.

I think, it depends of kind or lesson's topic. Math and chemistry, some parts of physics and ets., as example, can be teaching by robots. But what about art, physiology or social adaption skills lessons? It's could be a problem for kids to understand a machine.

Advancement in technology is great, however when it starts to replace humans, it starts to become scary.

I don´t think so, because my worse teachers were like robots. They didn´t interact with us or paid attention for improve our skills. They only read their papers until de class ended.

You are correct on that , rebots are better than worse teachers .