I predict that within 10 years we teachers will all be reading our lessons from scripts.
I've been reading a book on the increasing use and usefulness of statistical analysis called Super Crunchers. It mentions the 'Direct Instruction' approach, by which close analysis and testing of countless lessons has produced a minutely-planned curriculum that the teacher can pick up and run with - having done no preparation at all. All you do is read from the script and follow the instructions. Probably the first truly scientific method in pedagogy (in that it has been built up from analysing results rather than applying theory). The only thing is that following the instructions is the only thing the teacher gets, is expected, is allowed to do.
Expect grades to rocket and salaries to plummet?
Easy, my friends.
I just had the rite of passage during period 5 today: The Lesson of Doom.
My first ever Drama lesson: Year 7 in the drama studio last period today. A lesson plan hastily thrown at me by a drama teacher departing to co-ordinate his Madness-inspired afternoon assembly.
... You just need a few kids with a good sense of humour to put a lesson in order. Fascinating! This never occured to me.