Education: The Vanishing Teacher

Will flesh-and-blood teachers eventually be replaced by audio-visual gadgets? At the convention in Cincinnati last week of the National Education Association's Department of Audio-Visual Education some 2,000 people ohed and ahed over electronic marvels designed for the classroom. Proclaimed outgoing DAVI President Walter S. Bell, director of audio-visual education in Atlanta: "The familiar concept of a teacher in a classroom with only some books has completely broken down. The 'old methods simply cannot meet the challenge of the next decade, if education is to serve the humanities."

After studying the eye-boggling machines that flashed answers across screens, taught foreign languages in deep,...

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