The next calculator? ChatGPT is upending writing in school

ALBANY – As snow fell Monday, North Colonie's incoming superintendent asked a new online processing system to complete a traditional snow day assignment: a poem in honor of the day off. To make it harder, she asked for it to be written in Shakespearean style. Seconds later, this is one verse of the five-stanza poem that ChatGPT produced:

“But hark! What noise is this that breaks the calm? The plow doth pass and clears the roads from harm And though the snow doth make our journey slow It is a small price to pay for this winter's show The poem continued, describing building snowmen, having snowball fights and the quiet “as the world is hushed by winter's hand.”


It was a poem that would have impressed any middle school teacher. And therein lies the concern: that this new artificial intelligence software program will help students cheat on essays and papers. started by a company called OpenAI that is funded in part by Microsoft, was released in November and is widely believed to have been used by many college students to cheat on their December papers. It responds to criticism and requests. It will revise its work to add typos, use simpler or more complex words, and change the tone. Each edit […] Schenectady High School students study during an English class on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Schenectady, N.Y. Teachers are now grappling with how to handle a new software program, ChatGPT, which writes essays and papers in seconds.

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