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Computers as Tutors: Solving the Crisis in Education


Computers as Tutors: Solving the Crisis in Education

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    Frederick Bennett
In his thought-provoking book, Computers As Tutors: Solving the Crisis In Education, Frederick Bennett, Ph.D., champions a new role of computers --- as teachers --- without a human between student and machine. This revolutionary application of computers will no doubt spark controversy in the halls of learning, but calm, courage and commitment should follow when dogma is balanced with data. It is no secret that monumental problems exist in our schools. Reading, math and science skills are sadly deficient, and students in record numbers are dropping out in frustration over what they perceive as their lack of ability to learn. Teachers are over-burdened with tedious tasks, unable because of hours available, requirements of curriculum, and over-crowded classrooms, to devote quality time to those most in need of instruction. The solution to this self-defeating dilemma is one-on-one computerized education, writes Dr. Bennett who advocates pairing students with computers for individualized instruction. With computers as tutors, each child, regardless of his or her intelligence level or background, will be able to succeed in school at their own personal pace. Infinitely patient, non-judgmental, a computer tutor will repeat the lesson until it is learned. Each small achievement will feed the human need to succeed. What about traditional teachers --- will they become obsolete, question those who fear computerized education will conceive an unfeeling class of humanoids. Such is not the case. Teachers will continue to educate and facilitate, providing the human element to ensure education develops the whole person, not just the intellectual side. They would evolve into "Leader Teachers" with more time and energy to mentor and monitor pupils as they progress. Increased direction by teachers in smaller neighborhood schools (instead of larger learning institutions where at-risk students are often ignored) would have a better chance of targeting troubled teens before they were able to mastermind a tragedy like Littleton.  
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  • Frederick Bennett
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