Algorithms are not teachers

Substitute Teachers (Important for Educators)

With heavy and relentless marketing efforts, it’s no wonder we easily get things confused.

I came across a stenciled sign in San Francisco that contained only the words in the first 2 ideas presented below. The sign got me thinking about how we easily substitute something in our minds for something it is not. We actually make this swap without any thought. And this process becomes a cultural shift, not just an individual one. When you identify and ponder these substitutions, they school us the in the ways we think, hence the title: Substitute Teachers. These substitute teachers then make us think more carefully and precisely, which I think is a good thing.

Since I have been pondering the relentless push to defund our public schools, literally break them by running teachers off, and replace teachers with computer software, I created the third idea. I’ve been pondering this a lot lately, especially after watching a respected educational vlogger’s video in which he states as a matter of undisputed fact that we need fewer teachers by far as teachers can be so successfully replaced by technology, echoing the ideas of Bill Gates and others. Hogwash! In the not too distant future, I’m going to weigh in about the powerful efforts to privatize US schools, placing an emphasis on profit margins and not student empowerment. But that’s for another day.

For now, feel free to share these little memes. The photos are all in the public domain. I thought the first statement on the street sign I saw was interesting because the sign was in San Francisco: technoworld.

Technology is not Culture

Condos are not community

Algorithms are not teachers

Lot’s of religious substitutions are made without much thought, too, but I’m avoiding that topic for a while. 🙂