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The lights are on but robot teachers can’t replace us

In a learning relationship, it’s important that the pupil is able to read the teacher

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When I recently heard a former headteacher of top Berkshire private school Wellington College predict that teachers will be replaced by robots in 10 years’ time, I wondered what type of android he thought was going to take control of the classroom. Was he imagining the Daleks that terrorised our childhoods restoring discipline, or a servile C-3PO at a pupil’s beck and call?

In fact, Sir Anthony Seldon saw the future as a Metal Mickey able to empathise with its charges through an ability to read brain patterns and facial expressions, adapting the pace and difficulty of the lesson with what it ...

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