Friday, June 17th, 2011 | education
No doctor qualifies without owning a stethoscope. While they are still studying it is expected of student doctors to purchase their own diagnostic equipment.
Does the same principle apply to teachers? In this digital age, can teachers do what is expected of them without technology? So, should teachers acquire their own laptops?
Some may argue that it is the responsibility of education authorities to provide teachers with technology tools; others believe teachers are duty bound to fund their own equipment. This is one of those two-sides-of-a-coin arguments. In any event, there does not seem to be much hope that teachers and education officials in South Africa will soon be kitted out by state funded technology.
I don’t want to get in the middle of this argument and I don’t know who will win it in the long term … but I know who the losers are if teachers don’t have private access to technology: the learners.
A previous post (Should it be expected of teachers to buy their own equipment?) gives reasons why teachers should seriously consider purchasing their own laptops if they are not forthcoming from their schools or the education department.
But whatever you do: think about the learners.