Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google?


By Ian Gilbert. Published by Routledge

Book review by Clare D’Netto – Headteacher, St. Ursula’s Junior School

I can’t remember the last time I went to a book to find something out, if I want to know about something I Google-it, if I want to know where something is I Google-it, when I help my sons with their home learning we Google-it.  In fact a child once said to me, “I don’t need to know lots of facts they are all on Google now Miss.”  And it was with this in mind that I sourced out Ian Gilbert’s accessible and entertaining book.

The book tries to cover a wide range of educational topics, all well resourced and thought provoking. There are great thinking points made here, some funny stories and above all things that make you go `hmm’.   There are many great quotes – so read it with a highlighter and stickies.

In summary … or would this ruin the book for you …. Look away now if you don’t want to know.  Mr Gilbert’s answer to why we are still in a job is: “The role of the 21st Century teacher is quite simple – to preside over the democratisation of learning. No longer the `sage on the stage’ but a `guide on the side’.”

Clare D’Netto – Headteacher, St. Ursula’s Junior School, Havering