The Atlantic has an interesting piece, The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher. It’s a worthwhile read that not only presents an interesting case but provides a great overview of where the edtech world stands today.
The basis of the piece is that the internet has made curriculum, lesson plans, instruction, and assessment all easily available, often for free. As a seasoned teacher, the author is concerned about the future of his profession. And that may be a legitimate concern for those teachers whose worth was determined mainly by their plans and lectures. If that type of teacher is no longer adding value to the structuring and delivering of information, what is he/she worth?
It is the act of teaching that adds value and real teaching can only occur when there is interaction between teacher and student. The act of K-12 teaching involves leading whole class discussions, inspiring a love of learning, and transferring learning into life lessons. For the great teacher, the present edtech boom is a tremendous benefit because it provides good raw materials that teachers can use in their teaching practice and affords them more time to focus on the skills needed to become better teachers.
Thankfully, there is a Building a Better Teacher movement in the US. The people involved in this movement recognize the tremendous value of a good teacher and are trying to help all those who want to continuously improve their teaching. This is where the Reconstruction of the K-12 Teacher is taking place.