In Seth Godin’s blog post today, he asks the following:
If you have a retail chain that offers:
A variety of products, at high margins, that are easy to ship, without being needed immediately, in expensive retail locations, where the in-person shopping experience isn’t particularly remarkable…
And while we can all see where this is leading, Seth continues:
Then you’re in big trouble. Even before the pandemic. Because an online retailer is going to offer a better-priced, more convenient, higher-variety alternative and once your best customers try it, they won’t come back very often.
And we’ve all seen it, with Exhibit A being Amazon.
So I thought about what I do – teaching – and whether it can be easily replaced.
Seth writes, If they can find someone or something cheaper than you, they’re going to work overtime to do so.
Over the years I’ve seen effective technology tools that help college students learn the course material at their own pace and learning style. I’ve seen massively open online courses that are highly effective and offer outstanding bang for the buck for everyone involved.
So these tools and teaching approaches are cheaper, and likely just as effective, than having a college professor teaching a class of 10-30 students.
So will teachers go the way of the dinosaurs? I don’t know, but we should be preparing for the new reality that is here now.
Seth concludes his post by saying:
The alternative is to be local, creative, energetic, optimistic, trusted, innovative, and hard to replace.
I think teachers are all of these, except the “hard to replace” part at the end.
As a result, I’m just not sure what the future of teaching will look like.
But one thing I do know, I think my blog is safe from being replaced by AI or a robot. Even though it’s not creative, energetic, optimistic, trusted, or innovative, thus making it a prime candidate for replacement, the big question is why would a robot waste his or ger time taking over a blog that serves no purpose and that’s full of blather.
So I feel pretty safe about blogging for the foreseeable future.
However, if you do happen to notice a marked increase in the quality of my posts, rest assured that I have been replaced by a riot.
*image from Inceptive Mind