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YouTube could replace teachers if recruitment crisis continues

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I love that phrase. Closely twinned with ‘the sum total of schlod all’, I believe!
    agathamorse likes this.
  2. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    TES authors, that’s who! Yay!

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    Anyone could supervise YouTube. So we’ll end up with a layer of non-specialist people supervising the classes and marking, with ‘superteachers’ setting the lessons and making the videos. It could actually work. If those supervising have marking guidelines and the whole process is monitored correctly, no reason why it shouldn’t actually improve grades.

    But who would want to be a teacher any more?
    JohnJCazorla likes this.
  4. a1976

    a1976 Occasional commenter

    Who would want to be a teacher now? I sure as hell do not. Supply is enough and it's getting harder and harder to do that.
  5. fraisier

    fraisier Established commenter

    This is no way to talk about a highly respected "Leading Thinker", a former university tutor on the ITT programme and a committed exponent of "evidence-based teaching"...

    [In 2006 I became a 'Leading Thinker' for the National Education Trust. I have been a national representative for Association of School & College Leaders and chair of their Pedagogy Committee.]

    I, for one, can't wait to read his evidence on the successful replacement of teachers by YouTubers and Pedagogical Influencers.

    No wonder we're in the situation we're in with people like Geoff Barton at the helm. As the leader of a large union, he should be busy planning how to organise the rebellion in Headteachers' ranks and teachers' ranks alike to solve the current education crisis at many levels, not continuously publishing tired hogwash (as s.o on here pointed out, remote teaching is old stuff) such as "YT for Teachers" or campaigning for mobile phones in classrooms, a classroom environment that he left 20 years ago.
    JohnJCazorla, agathamorse and Jamvic like this.
  6. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Occasional commenter

    It might work in the independent sector or a leafy suburb comp but in inner city schools the ‘supervisors’ would need a lot of behaviour management training. Who would want that job if you’re getting paid peanuts as a supervisor?
  7. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    Youtube could replace teachers if recruitment crisis continues.

    Well, obviously the current set of policies are designed to continue the recruitment crisis. If that were not true we would see more money for schools, higher salaries, meaningful workload reductions.

    So I can only conclude that the government is achieving exactly what it has set out to achieve.

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    The same people who get paid peanuts as supervisors now?

    Kids get pretty docile when they are watching the Telescreen. A one way brain dump of relevant information, supported by handouts to glue in and fill out as they watch - its likely to create less problems in the classroom than trying to engage with them. Add to it half termly assessments to check progress, it might even look like education.

    If the history of this profession since 1944 has taught me anything, its that 'cheaper and worse' always beats 'good but more expensive.' And if there is a big fat payday for someone other than the classroom teacher, you will find no shortage of people who see this as the new dawn.
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  9. nemo.

    nemo. Occasional commenter

    Video lectures are good for flipped learning with motivated kids who have good learning skills for fact or simple skill based subjects. I am a Physics teacher and IGCSE is just all vomit up facts.

    I add value with socratic questioning, experimental skills development and feedback.

    With kids with little or no learning skills or concentration?

    For English lessons?
  10. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    I like youtube in places. But staring at a screen for so many hrs would become dull.
  11. a1976

    a1976 Occasional commenter

    LIke I said before, I think this has been the aim of governments since 2005 (distance learning replacing teaching). I remember that crock called building schools for the futures which was supposed to hasten that, although Morris, Clarke, Kelly, and Johnson didn't come right out and say it. Today, parents could care less as they see school as a daycare centre for their offspring. One student I had even told me that I was a daycare teacher.
  12. fraisier

    fraisier Established commenter

    After the "Let's have mobile phones in classes" campaign and "Let's replace teachers with YouTube to solve recruitment & retention crisis" I can't wait to read Geoff Barton's new brain wave now, I wonder what he's been concocted during the holidays. I can see a "Let's abolish schools and teach all pupils in their homes directly on their iPads" campaign coming.
    JohnJCazorla likes this.
  13. Jenkibubble

    Jenkibubble Occasional commenter

    My daughter uses You Tube and BBC bitesuze to clarify things she's not grasped in class . However , as the main teaching aid and relying on a whole class being quiet to prevent disruption , I'm unsure it would work !
    JohnJCazorla and Lalex123 like this.

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