HELP! TEACHERS CRY OUT

In the nearest future, the entire world systems would become self-help platforms – at that time, traditional school teachers would either upgrade to becoming online tutors or be relegated.
– Segun Alonge

In a recent National broadcast, the honourable minister of education asserted that more private universities need to spring up to cater for the teaming population of youths aspiring to acquire tertiary education. To the honourable minister, the number of schools are just too minute compared to the recent national population.

My question is, ‘should the emphasis be on quantity or quality? I leave that topic for another time.

I foresee the teaching profession being on the verge of extinction. Not that there would be no teachers anymore, but teachers would not be needed as much as they are today, hence, so many employed teachers would be out of jobs. Everyone would become teachers themselves, leveraging on the new school called INTERNET.

Most trainings are fast becoming self-help. All you would require is one or two applications and the job is done or the training is taken.

I foresee a time when e-books would be so much widely accepted globally that everyone would be able to download and read on the go with little to no financial investments.

Today, there are countless number of students who have dropped out of school – not because they are dull – but because they find it boring and drudgery at the same time. The schools have become like cages, locking in the interest human ingenuity for years – after which the attendees are released into the outside world with a stereotyped mindset. They are educated into becoming employees – hence, their natural inclination after school is the ultimate search for jobs. Most end up putting up with a job they are not in love with. Guess which job takes in the majority? The teaching profession. Little wonder why the standards of education are falling on a daily basis.

Most of our institutions of learning are filled with graduates who have been on job search for years to no avail and later settled with being a teacher.

With a vast majority of parents in the developed world now withdrawing their kids from traditional schools to be home schooled, teachers in these institutions would have to find something else to do or upgrade themselves into becoming online teachers. Another alternative to these dual suggestions would be to migrate to developing or under-developed countries where Internet connectivity is not easily accessible – and this will not last forever as well.

I foresee a time when the traditional schools would exclusively be a place where kids who lack self-discipline are sent for the incorporation of that virtue. Countless number of people have proven to be true, the potency of self-development (by ‘self’, I mean do-it-yourself). Learning resources are easily accessible and affordable in this time and age. Anyone can put together resources to acquire knowledge on any desired field and proceed into sitting for a professional examination to get certified (based on individual’s choice).

The teaching profession being a secured job is fast becoming a mirage. Even government workers are now being laid off and more of this occurrence would still play out in the nearest future.

The world has become a global village. The Internet being the market place – with buyers (students) and sellers (teachers) being resource persons. And the school is synonymous to the market place.

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