Robot teachers

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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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Submitted by sophie.green on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:22

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No, I definitely wouldn't! Teachers have special skills, human skills and robots would never replace them. Being a teacher is a mission which is far more than only teaching a class and notions. A teacher can inspire his students, can help them to become open-minded citizens and they share important human values. I believe that students understand it quite well with the different lock-downs consequently to the pandemic. Staying hooked to their screens without any human contact was rather depressing.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 18:20

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Yes, this is existing to study. I'm excited about this. Many teachers have incapable to know how to teaches students and they are boring.

Submitted by Aydan on Sun, 17/10/2021 - 17:49

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Actually I wouldn’t like My teacher is a robot, if all teachers have enough good properties. But I know that there are a lot of students who receive incomplete or incorrect education by unqualified teachers. That is why meybe robots could do better.

Submitted by Dariusz on Mon, 13/09/2021 - 00:45

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In some cases it would be good to have a robot as a teacher: like more comfortable, less pressure, but there's need to study by psychologists of negative aspects this perform. No empathy isn't looking good.

Submitted by iEdd on Wed, 21/07/2021 - 17:33

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Absolutely not. I've beed a teacher and I know how to feel about that. Human relationships are based on empahty and respect. Sort of feelings a robot will never live. I disagree in the main role in a classroom, but I support the idea of robots can helps with marks and reports.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sat, 10/07/2021 - 21:58

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Yes, I would like to have a robot as a teacher because I think they do not get angrry when I want to ask a question. In addition to that, they know so many different things, so I would learn more things from a robot. If I had a robot as a teacher, I would not have to worry if that class is below standars because I know robots give us a lot knoweledge and information more than a human brain can give us. The only disadvantage would be that they do not have the empathy to connect with humans like another human can.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 23:25

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No, I don't like that idea. I believe teachers are an important part of the process of children's learning because they correct, encourage and know their students. So, that provides students to feel more comfortable. However, I understand the teacher's profession is really hard and exhausting, for that reason the robots are really useful like assistants because they could support professors.

Submitted by Rano on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 07:34

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I like if can have one robet.,help me in homework and shopping

Submitted by ahmad 920 on Wed, 10/03/2021 - 14:29

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Hi, Question what is the different between 'think of' or 'think -without preposition-' or 'think about' for example in the beginning in this article it say "If you think of the jobs robots could never do," can we say "if you think the jobs ..." and it give us the same meaning? thanks in advance

Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 11/03/2021 - 07:10

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Hi ahmad 920,

We use 'think of...' to mean 'imagine' (1) or 'consider' (2):

(1) Think of your a number, but don't tell me it.

(2) Think of the jobs robots could never do.

We can also use 'think about' with the second meaning.

 

We do no use 'think' with a noun as a direct object after it, so 'Think jobs...' is incorrect.

 

A good dictionary will provide you with this information and more. For example:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/think

 

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by German on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 03:12

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No, I wouldn't. I think that that never will happen, but is possible that the robots help in the future to the teachers in some activities like to prepare que classes and check exams. Althought the artifical intelligence is advancing I think that the robots never will could undestand the behaviours or the emotions of the students.

Submitted by AulianFr on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 16:55

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As stated in the text, a robot cannot possess empathy or any other mental connection with other humans. I would hate it if my teacher is just teaching me and never ask how I am doing or even try to look me in the eyes trying to understand me. Socializing is one important part of teaching, therefore replacing teachers with robots sounds really unnecessary and even could impose a threat to our education system. I imagine if our schools are being taken over by robots, then our children would not be able to communicate with others in real life

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 20:53

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I would like to have a robot as a teacher, but I think it should be fun and dynamic, with lots of activities for the class, otherwise it would be very boring.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 16:33

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Never at all would I like to have a robot as a teacher, because a robot is just the latest technology machine. It never can read, write and understand of the human brain and psychology. A teacher plays a main role to build up a human character and build the nations .Teacher is a back bone of the society. All big and famous personalities of the world become successful and get a high rank through a teacher from childhood till old age. American Bill Gate says technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

Submitted by Asni on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 00:06

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Of course not, teachers have knowledge and skills about a determined subject or area that they are supposed to transmit to their students in the most effective and efficient way possible. The main issue here is that students' situations, feelings, intelligence and abilities vary greatly. Thanks to their human abilities, feelings, empathy and emotional intelligence, teachers understand that difference and have experience to deal with their students according to those factors. Robots may be able to do a part of teachers' work but can't perceive emotional behaviours, they are lacking of sensitivity to treat delicate people who need special attention, understanding or empathy.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 14:52

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Compared with good esteemed teachers I have come across, a human teacher is superior than a robot. But if a human teacher is unfit, it's the other way round. ;)

Submitted by Dmytro on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 11:55

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When it comes to self-education, most of us have already had robots as teachers. Those are our devices like laptops, smartphones, and so on. There is only one distinction, an electronic device looks not similar to a human and cannot appeal to a person. A device can neither force nor punish. In the rest, the difference comes down to zero. Of course, robots with artificial intelligence are more clever than just electronic devices but, if a human is going to live in real life surrounded by real people he should be thought and assessed by real teachers.

Submitted by Minh on Sat, 16/01/2021 - 22:54

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I can't imagine robots replace all of teachers, but I know that robots will do many things better than human. Further more, they can sympathize human's emotion, they are easily go anywhere and work overtime.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 09:46

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This is amazing!I think robot can't contact with students like real teacher.The most important thing between teacher and his/her students is trust and respect.

Submitted by Ehsan on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 08:50

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I think humans are better than robots in education. For example, in teaching a foreign language if you have a teacher or partner that you can talk to, the result will be better. I think the relationship in teaching is important. But considering human progress in the field of artificial intelligence, we can imagine a completely different world where the role of human will be very small.

Submitted by TalhaÖzkan on Thu, 10/12/2020 - 17:31

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human teachers eat stones!

Submitted by DIỄM PHÚC on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 01:58

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I prefer to get to teaching from teachers because we can communicate, learn control feeling, study experience from teachers

Submitted by togrul01 on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 16:14

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I prefer to get to teaching from teachers. In this text, there is a good sentence that wrote that robots will be able to help the teachers in the future. I agree with this sentence but robots never can replace the teachers.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 08:05

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No never, I would not have a robot as a teacher because he could not scold me if I make some mistakes. :)

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 12:32

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Hello admins, I'm just wondering what the point of the verification of 'I'm not a robot'... I'm definitely not a robot, a cat though.... ;)

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Thank you Kirk, Hmmm, sounds a bit difficult for my tiny brain just like the forehead of a cat! ;)

Submitted by Elbay on Fri, 30/10/2020 - 13:05

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100 years later British Council:Robot students))

Submitted by Lilly098 on Fri, 30/10/2020 - 03:51

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I would love to have a robot teacher. In my experience, teachers sometimes make mistakes on teaching. It would be efficient if a robot takes a role in teaching. While it gives us a lecture, a teacher can walk around a class to help students. It would ensure everyone catches up with the class!

Submitted by Alma Lanie on Mon, 12/10/2020 - 02:05

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Yes, why not! I would love to have a robot teacher that is a part of our world's experts increase in knowledge and wisdom. Experts are trying to help reduce the burden of human beings in this world. Taking the robot as a classroom teacher would really be a massive help for all teachers. I know what it would be like but why not try. Less work and less stress for a human being in the class. Why would not try!

Submitted by danisep on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 00:24

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Could be interesting and I'd prove it, I think robots could be a better general doctors, they can make the correct questions depending of my answers, I have visited doctors that it seem like if they don't haven't enough time to treat his patients and it’s frustrating because your feel sick and they don't worry for you and not help. That put me really mad!

Submitted by Nehir on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 12:03

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I wouldn't. Because robots haven't got any emotions and experiences. When you are talking with your teacher, she/he can tell what did she do last weekend. As an example, our teacher tells his experiences. He uses his experiences to make an example but robots have no experiences about their personal life. Yes, you can say they know more than a person. Nevertheless, their knowledge is not their personal experience.

Submitted by Roblox on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 15:59

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I would, I think a robot can be a good assistant in the future. Helping human nature to be more productively in performing daily work activities.

Submitted by JamesB0nd007 on Thu, 27/08/2020 - 11:39

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Thanks Lera for sharing such a cool site!

Submitted by Nobu1230 on Sat, 15/08/2020 - 06:19

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I wouldn't for myself parsonally.I think humanity is necessary for communication with teacher and student.They tought us a bonch of things except for study,For example ordinary talking skill and kindness.

Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 05/08/2020 - 10:54

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I think it could be an interesting experience. After all, why do all these technologies exist? To help people working less and relaxing more. I predict robots at schools and Universities could be like PC at home - the sources of needed information during the lessons. Just imagine, they could visualize some information, that teachers saw to help the teachers to explain and the pupils to understand. If they can help making homework - it would be awesome. I think our teachers deserve some rest

Submitted by Osuke on Sun, 02/08/2020 - 11:07

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No, I wouldn’t. Because it is difficult for a robot to do the teaching job. The reason is that robots have no emotions. Human beings have emotions and can praise and scold students. Students can grow because teachers can do it. But robots can’t do that. However, robots can reduce the burden on the teacher. I think the robot can make tests and score, so I might be good for teacher support. In the future, robots can be used, and if they are used successfully, work efficiency will increase. I’m looking forward to a future where we can do that.

Submitted by Nanami on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 12:11

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I think it's suitable that robots teach depending on the time and the circumstances. Programs are built into the robots and they have a great of knowledge, so they can teach classes for students to gain knowledge, such as how to solve calculations and history. However robots have no heart and can't read people's feelings, so I think it's difficult for them to teach Japanese language and moral classes to students. The school's online system adopts a function called "Automatic scoring" and it helps teachers with a lot of work. Therefore robots could do the same. It may be impossible for robots to play a leading role but I think it's a good idea to work as a teacher's helper.

Submitted by senes19 on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 12:52

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Rightly, I wouldn't. Maybe for helping our homework or explaining about science is suitable for having a robot teacher. However, I believe that strong relationships with teachers, ability of empthaty, talking about our future are more important than having a robots teachers. It will be almost all area of our life, but in strong and effectively education or emotional issues depend on the people who you are facing. So I think I wouldn't like to have a robot teachers altough It would be a very different experience maybe.

Submitted by Lu's students on Tue, 28/07/2020 - 20:10

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In my opinion robots could help to teachers doing some activities such as cleaning the board, ordering the books but not teaching specific academic knowledge because the human contact, gestures and speaking can´t be replace for a machine. The feedback is very importat in the learning process.

Submitted by IKEDA on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 19:35

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Actually, I thought before that some robots or AI would have been teachers for humans. For instance, English teachers online could be replaced with humans, if it comes true we can take one-on-one lessons 24/7 at a low cost.

Submitted by ryota on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 10:12

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No I wouldn’t. Certainly, robots have a lot of knowledge more than people and teach more efficiently than people. Robots will teach us anything quickly. But, robot don’t have emotion. The profession of teachers doesn’t only teach study. Teachers is existence that listen to the student’s concerns and solve it. For example, robots can’t solve bullying because robots don’t know student’s feelings, but teachers can solve it. Also, there is possible that robots may not be able to understand what we say, but there is no possible that teachers don’t understand what we say. I think robots should be a teacher’s assistant, not teachers.

Submitted by Y on Sun, 26/07/2020 - 16:59

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No, I wouldn’t. It is good that the teacher’s work is reduced. But We learn a lot of thing at school. We also learn language, courtesy and relationships. I think it is important for students and teachers to communicate in order to discuss the careers and classes. And I don't think that I can ask questions if the robot is a teacher. This is because the robot teaches according to the contents prepared in advance. Robots are very convenient in our lives. However, understanding people's feelings is very important. I listen to music when I am sad or I lose my confidence. The music is sung by humans, not robots. I think that it is wrong to leave everything to the robot.

Submitted by naru on Sat, 25/07/2020 - 12:30

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Yes, I would. In fact, I have experience to take classes using kind of robot when I was a junior high school. It was chemistry classes. The teacher was programed robot and makes them talk about the content of classes instead of him. And sometimes he gave a comment. Frankly it was not bad. There were nothing waste of time and I felt it was an efficient way of studing. In addition, he looked comfortable because he didn't have to write or explain the blackboard. That's why, I agree with this opinion.

Submitted by Riko on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 04:47

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Yes. I have two reasons. First, we can ask a same question many times without hesitation. A robot teaches many things but they don't feel anything so asking for the same explanation is not frustrating for a robot. Second, robot teachers can help human teachers. It is a good point because human teachers have many tasks everyday.

Submitted by yusuke on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 07:28

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Yes, I would, but not always. Because sometimes robots cannot replace people, I think. When I learn Speaking or Listening, it need a native speaker. But it is almost impossible for robots. However, when it comes to Reading or Writing, robots can write completely and collect quickly. So, robots are needed in the future, but not always.

Submitted by Ayaka on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 07:24

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I think that a society where robots and human can coexist is very wonderful. I think it will also improve the quality of human life. But if robots evolve further and take away most of the human work, how will we live in the future? I’m a little scared when I think about it. I think that as the text says in the future when robots will evolve, not only advantages but also disadvantages will come out. Problems are always associated with the changing times. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I believe it will go in a good direction.
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