Can robots replace tutors?

That sees to be the ambition of Louis van Ahn.  I love love love what Duolingo is doing for evidence based education. That being said, there’s a lot that I have to nitpick at here, but the biggest is the assumption that we should be pitting teachers against technology. Right now, the best teachers I’m sure could CRUSH the best technology when it comes to teaching (the best one-on-one teachers, even more so).   But that won’t be the case in the next 5-10 years.

What we really need to do  figure out where teachers are better than technology, and where they’re worse. Having technology enhance teaching (in a real way, not moving from whiteboards to powerpoint) could really bring about a transformation.



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