A ChatGPT prompt is shown on a device near a public school in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. New York City school officials started blocking this week the impressive but controversial writing tool that can generate paragraphs of human-like text. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) American schools are woefully unprepared for the emergence of ChatGPT, particularly as it relates to writing instruction. We have detected the incoming bogey, but we've yet to scramble the fighters. The clock is ticking. I warned in a recent interview with Fox News that artificial intelligence technologies will be so disruptive to writing instruction that educators will be forced to reimagine curriculum from the ground up. With each update to AI technology, teachers will be less able to detect original writing and thinking on the part of their students. The idea that plagiarism-detection programs will be able to outpace text-generating AI is laughable, especially when one considers who will be operating these tools. Children are always one step ahead of parents and schools when it comes to the latest technology. If students are determined to use programs like ChatGPT to write a summary of The Catcher in the Rye , they will find a way. The ease of cheating in the AI era will impede students from deep learning in subjects that involve writing, such as literature and history. The process of planning and drafting an essay plays a crucial role in helping students organize and prioritize information. It is not simply busy work. […]
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