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Educators Voice Concerns Over AI Use in the Classroom

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Educators Voice Concerns Over AI Use in the Classroom

By Movieguide® Contributor

A Pew Research study has revealed that many educators are concerned about the use of AI in the classroom.

As artificial intelligence has become increasingly popular, Pew Research found that about 25% of K-12 public school teachers believe its use causes more harm than good. Thirty-two percent believe it is equally as good as it is harmful, while 6% believe it’s more beneficial than harmful. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed were unsure about how they feel.

Teachers’ perspectives on AI also vary depending on the grade level they teach. Pew Research reported, “About a third of high school teachers (35%) say these tools do more harm than good. Roughly a quarter of middle school teachers (24%) and 19% of elementary school teachers say the same.”

One concern about AI use in education is the use of platforms such as ChatGPT, which creates content for users and can enable cheating. Forbes previously said, “Chatbots such as ChatGPT have sparked controversy among educators about their potential to facilitate cheating and generate misinformation. Moreover, professionals and observers have raised critical questions about data privacy, algorithmic bias and access disparities as they relate to AI.”

Movieguide® previously reported on the astounding growth and use of ChatGPT:

“The latest in AI technology is a chatbot called ChatGPT, which is reportedly the fastest-growing app in history, according to a new UBS study. The chatbot from OpenAI had 13 million unique visitors per day in the month of January, in only its second month live. ‘In 20 years following the internet space, we cannot recall a faster ramp in a consumer internet app,’ USB’s analysts wrote in the study.”

“AI is not as wonderful as you all make it out to be,” a district-level administrator from Ohio told Education Week. “How do we expect our next generation to learn to think if all we teach them is how to use AI?”

“Students should not use AI until they have demonstrated some level of mastery on a subject,” a Texas high school math teacher explained. “Students should not even use a calculator until they can do arithmetic calculations without tools. Problem solving starts in the mind, not on a keypad.”

However, the teens Pew surveyed have a different perspective on whether it is acceptable to use AI to complete schoolwork. The group found that 69% of students say is okay to use the AI platform for research, and 39% believe it’s “acceptable” to solve math problems. Twenty percent feel fine about using it to write their essays for them.

“Two-thirds of U.S. teens say they have heard of ChatGPT. That includes 23% who have heard a lot about it and 44% who have heard a little about it. Roughly a third (32%) say they have heard nothing at all about ChatGPT,” Pew Research said.

Movieguide® previously reported on AI in the classroom:

While more teachers in schools across the nation have begun using artificial intelligence in their classes, they are also warning against the potential pitfalls of the technology.

A recent survey of 1,020 teachers found that “18 percent of K–12 teachers reported using AI for teaching and another 15 percent have tried AI at least once.”

However, with the increased use of AI, teachers are beginning to see the harmful effects the technology is having on students.


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