Local Heroes or little more than Robots?
- Historical fiction example form Oliver Goldsmith’s (1770) highly esteemed village schoolmaster, who was a described as a local statesman and much admired by the adoring villagers: and still they gazed and still the wonder grew that one small head could carry all he knew. His work was clearly built on strong, local roots, knowing generations of pupils and their families, whilst having little or no connection to a wider world and being able to bring little beyond local knowledge to their pupils. Today this knowledge could be googled.
- Today: the change in locus of teacher education in the US and in England from the universities to schools, coupled with the development of more rigidly defined school curricula which may be formulaically delivered by teachers, working as mere technicists (Winch et al., 2013) or deliverologists (Pring, 2013), temporary technician teachers of other people’s children (Zeichner, 2014). A more dystopian view sees the prescribed competences of technicist teachers being, in future, effortlessly ‘delivered’, not by teachers, but by robots.