For my computers and technology in the classroom course, we were asked to read “The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher” and to reflect on what we read. It is a lengthy read for an online article, but it was definitely worth taking the time read through it! Michael Godsey, an English teacher and writer of the piece, poetically explains the current crossroad we as educators are hurdling toward and have already met in some ways – the crossroad where technology and education meet.
In the article, he states how as a teacher, everything he taught used to be solely based on subject matter, stemming from his master’s education and expert knowledge of the content. He went on to say how conferences and professional development opportunities used to be so focused on what educators should be teaching, not on how they should be teaching it. Godsey stated, “I don’t remember the last time I’ve attended, or even heard of, any professional-development training focused on my specific subject matter. Instead, these experiences concentrate on incorporating technology in the classroom, utilizing assessment data, or new ways of becoming a school facilitator.”
I found this article very enlightening because I had never really thought about all of the intricacies of the situation the field of education is facing. The fact that teachers could be fully replaced with unlicensed facilitators in a fully tech-driven classroom in my lifetime had never really crossed my mind! Even though I had never thought about it before, this idea did not seem shocking or unrealistic – in fact, it felt a bit too realistic to me.
Godsey hit home the situation at hand when he stated “Shouldn’t I stop trying to compete as an individual “sage on the stage,” appreciate the modern efficiency of today’s resources, and re-invest my time as their [students] enthusiastic ‘guide on the side’?”. It is a situation that is so important for educators to be aware of and to accept – that education is drastically changing due to the internet and technology. We as teachers need to get on board with the technology train, and try to find creative ways to remain important, relevant, and integral to the field in the years to come!