ChatGPT is a wake-up call to revamp how we teach writing

ChatGPT's ability to immediately generate text in response to any prompt is disrupting education . Many are concerned what the use of this artificial intelligence tool means for the future of instruction and education. Public school systems in New York City , Seattle , Los Angeles, Baltimore , and Fairfax County, Va. , have banned its use due to legitimate concerns that ChatGPT will lead to a rise in cheating and the decline of critical thinking. We, as university-based educators and researchers of writing, , child development, and media, see these concerns as symptomatic of a bigger issue. If the educational system focused more on critical thinking and creativity, and less on filling in the blanks, the prowess of ChatGPT would not be so daunting. ChatGPT gives us the opportunity to transform writing instruction to focus on higher-level thinking skills. We should embrace the technology, not ban it. In order to encourage higher-level thinking in the early grades, students should learn basic writing skills, how to organize their ideas, and how to write for different purposes. Students also need to learn strategies for planning, drafting, and revising, how to take and give feedback, and to write effectively for a specific purpose and audience. Students should be given opportunities to write about personal topics in compelling ways. ChatGPT can't be used if students cannot write prompts. Without a foundation in writing, they cannot judge whether ChatGPT has delivered on their goals and whether their […]

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