5 Reasons Students Should Not be Allowed to Use AI at School

While there are benefits to integrating AI technology into education, there are also valid concerns about its use, particularly among students.


Here are five reasons why some might argue that students should not be allowed to use AI at school:


1. Students need to practice specific skills that AI replaces.


ChatGPT and similar AI tools possess the capability to compose essays and tackle mathematical problems comparable to an average college student. However, relying solely on these tools will lead to students neglecting the essential skills they need to practice in school. Just as students must still master writing despite the prevalence of computers, they must continue to practice reading, writing, and math in the age of AI.


2. Reliance on AI may reduce critical thinking skills.


Relying on AI to come up with ideas and help solve problem may ultimately result in students lacking the ability to think independently. The principal objective of the education system is to teach students to think critically and how to approach problems. While AI can offer assistance in specific scenarios, schools should prioritize teaching students how to think critically rather than simply training them to utilize AI essay generators.


3. Using an AI writing tool to generate an essay is akin to plagiarism.


Throughout the history of education, schools have enforced strict rules and severe consequences against plagiarism. Large language models effectively utilize the vast corpus of text available on the internet to construct sentences, paragraphs, and essays. When students use these tools to create assignments, they are essentially participating in a form of indirect plagiarism, failing to create their original ideas and arguments.


4. Privacy concerns for minors.


Children may inadvertently disclose sensitive and personal information to AI systems. Without a comprehensive understanding of how these systems operate and use data, they may unknowingly jeopardize their privacy by allowing their data to be sold to third parties, integrated into other systems, or subject themselves to potential discriminatory outcomes.


5. Reducing human interaction and teaching interactions.


One of the main reasons why children attend school is to participate in learning and interactive discussions with their teachers and classmates. However, with the ongoing advancements in AI technology and its potential to replace human teachers, there’s a concern that children may experience a reduction in opportunities for meaningful interaction with their classmates and teachers. This could have a negative impact on their overall educational experience.




Given the rapid evolution of AI and its profound impact on our lives, educators and policymakers must carefully weigh both perspectives before deciding whether to integrate AI into the classroom environment.


For now, some schools may opt to introduce AI gradually and observe its impact on students over time. Other institutions may choose to fully embrace AI education and may want to go ‘all in’ on teaching students how to use AI tools as quickly as possible.


Ultimately, the goal should be to find a way to prepare students to effectively use AI technologies while also ensuring that students are receiving a well-rounded education that promotes critical thinking and creativity.


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