AI may not be the enemy to education it is perceived as in schools. Is artificial intelligence capable of improving the way we teach students?
AI may not be the enemy to education it is perceived as in schools. Is artificial intelligence capable of improving the way we teach students?

Artificial Intelligence Should Be Implemented In School Systems

Artificial Intelligence (AI), intelligence exhibited by machines/software as opposed to human actions, is one of the most hotly debated topics today. We hear countless arguments against AI, most of which focus on the increased risk of cheating and unoriginal work. But despite these disadvantages, it is important to recognize the other side: AI can lead to an elevated level of learning. In fact, it would be wise to say that traditional school systems should consider taking up AI in classrooms.

New York City Public Schools were the first major school system to ban access to ChatGPT, but also the first to reverse it. The reason for this reversal is because tech industry representatives and educators have worked together to leverage ChatGPT’s abilities and adapt them to cater to students. Now, New York City Public School leaders actively implement AI in classrooms, which allow over 1.1 million students in the district to discover the capabilities of AI through their learning curriculum.

Understanding the potential that AI has is the first step to creating a more inclusive world. AI allows students with learning disabilities to understand concepts at a specific cognitive level and generate a learning plan/content out of it. For instance, when examining traditional schools, around 20% of students experience dyslexia. These students may struggle with the current school curriculum, but have the ability to excel with AI tools. Tasks that used to be time-consuming can be completed more efficiently with tools aiding in grammar, spelling, math, and reading. Embracing this technology opens new doors for neurodivergent students, allowing them to increase independence and gain a heightened level of self-confidence.

In addition to mitigating the effect of learning disabilities, AI allows for a breakdown of language barriers. When incorporating AI into education, a digital space is made personal and caters to their specific preferences. In other words, students that once struggled with school due to not being able to understand the language at a high level can now easily learn and attempt tasks with the assisting tools and extra time that AI provides.

AHS sophomore Leia Noji gives the perspective of a student in a world of advanced technology, where AI is generally frowned upon in classrooms.

Noji said, “Most teachers advise against using forms of AI, such as ChatGPT, but the upsides are tremendously important. We live in a society of different people, with different learning styles and abilities. It is impossible for everyone to adhere to just one form of teaching. Having AI in classrooms allows for a more personalized approach for all students, as AI tools have capabilities that teachers do not.” 

She added, “School teachers are already working to accommodate different levels in classrooms. Why not take the burden off of them and invest towards a technology that has proven itself time and time again?”

As society continues to develop, and AI becomes even more intelligent, we must realize that it is time to use the resources that are right in front of us and available. There is no doubt that risks come with the growth of AI, but if it means that generations to come will learn without struggle, it is a risk we should take.


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