Do not let computers replace teachers in schools

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With all the focus on the importance of technology in our schools, there is another important issue that needs to be addressed. That is the fact that our students need to be able to know how to express their thoughts through oral reading and writing.

The use of computers in our classrooms has become the dominant way for students to use their thinking processes and express themselves. A computer does not teach a student to read or write; a teacher does. Students can easily use their computers to complete assignments with relatively little difficulty.

But ask them to express themselves through oral and written communication and it becomes an entirely different story. That is why the education system in this country must allow significant time in every classroom in every school for teachers to be able to teach reading and writing skills to their students from kindergarten through 12th-grade.

Computers are useful as an addendum in the classroom for some instruction, but they should not and must not ever take the place of the classroom teacher.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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george from bay terrace says:
Non-pedagogical positions, such as secretaries, janitors, bus drivers, etc., must be sacrificed first. Excessing those non-essential expendable workers would not be as traumatic to the children as laying off Teachers. PTA labor committees could then assign unskilled parent volunteers to undertake those menial jobs. Residents will be expected to share in these sacrifices by paying increased property taxes which would be used to stave off cutting back on Teacher positions, and to provide a long overdue increase in their meager salaries and benefits. Together, we can and will get through this. It is, after all, about the children.
Oct. 13, 2011, 12:09 am
Sean says:
Very good
Nov. 13, 2012, 12:13 am

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