Trouble ahead for school teachers

Will technology do for schools (teachers) what it did for newspapers (news people)?

“In the final analysis, what technology requires is a substitution of technology for human labor. Computers will do a lot of what teachers do now.” Jumping forward in his chair, he lights up: “Technology is cheap. Labor is really expensive. Education has always been very labor intensive, so if our education system can substitute technology for labor and still provide kids with high quality education, then great!”

It does this everywhere.  I got a computer etc. in the ’80s because it was that or hire a typist because I needed clean copy for clients and editors.  (My newspaper had closed down, I no longer had a copy desk to clean things up, etc.)  Was huge initial outlay I couldn’t afford.  But necessary.

My newspaper, an evening sheet, was done in partly (largely?) by TV, in the ’70s.  What’s to come, therefore, for teachers, many of whom will be priced out of the market, like bicycle-factory workers when that boom went bust early in the 20th century?

Closed system openly opposed

A class size experiment in the United States f...
They keep trying things in school.

Revolutionary thinking about schooling:

“Our tightly controlled educational system mocks the promise of democracy. With a closed educational system we simply cannot have an open political system. The current situation allows the government and big business to manufacture and maintain our culture for us, and in turn, control remains in the hands of the experts and institutions. The ability to change this situation is in the hands of the individuals and families who understand why change is necessary.”

From Helen Hegener, co-publisher of Home Education Magazine.

Buying big house at wrong time

Ron Huberman with Harper High School Staff, 2009
Huberman meets, greets.

Ron Huberman on way out, as reported?  Substance’s George Schmidt will not be sad.  H. won’t submit to interviews.  S. speculates why:

One other possible reasons [sic] they’ve gagged him is that he went out and bought himself a million dollar “home” right at the time he’s firing the last competent people in the central office and threatening a half million parents and kids with massive destruction (class sizes jumping; teacher layoffs; end of extra-curricular; etc.).

Stupid is a word he doesn’t like having associated with the name Ron Huberman, but in those big two political activities (Data Drivel and Deficit), stupid he is. In purchasing that mansion, stupider.

Arne [Duncan] was smart enough not to do greedy at the same time he was doing cuts and privatizations. Huberman, from the day he started bringing in his posse at enormous salaries right through today, has missed the fact that all the dollars he’s playing with at CPS are in the public eye, unlike his supposed great work at CTA and Emergency Management, to name two.

I come in late to this debate, which dates at least from Ben Willis in the ‘sixties (‘fifties?).  But H’s buying a big house leads to speculation about how good those jobs are at the peak of public education in Chicago.