Having coffee with a friend yesterday, I was listening to her talk about meetings with teachers and encouraging her daughter to read at least 30 minutes a day. This is likely mundane conversation for many people, but the minutiae of it is interesting to me.
It is, after all, a system.
Everyone I have met or interacted with that was an educator (or librarian, they don’t get enough love) has been passionate about learning. Educational administrators I know have been passionate about test results. Test results and learning are mutually exclusive.
The tests are to prove to the masses that the educational system is working. They rarely demonstrate what one knows about anything, only that which was tested in tests that students are trained for. Learning, to me, is about not just having knowledge but applying that knowledge in practical ways. Deep understanding is not found through testing, it’s found through interaction- at least in my experience.
Sure, you can memorize equations and plug numbers into them, but unless you know more about the equations themselves, you’re just doing something a computer can do.
So let’s see what computers can do. I asked 3 different large language models, “Has the quality of education declined?”. Here are 3 different responses:
The question of whether the quality of education has declined is complex and can vary across different contexts and regions. It’s challenging to provide a definitive answer as education systems differ significantly worldwide, and numerous factors can influence quality.
While it’s true that some individuals and experts express concerns about declining educational quality, it is essential to consider various factors that impact education. These factors include changes in curriculum, teaching methods, funding, technological advancements, and societal shifts.
To assess the quality of education, it is necessary to examine specific indicators such as student performance on standardized tests, graduation rates, college enrollment rates, and feedback from educators, parents, and students. These indicators can provide insights into the overall effectiveness of education systems.
However, it is worth noting that generalizing the quality of education across all regions or institutions is not accurate, as there can be significant variations within and between countries. It is essential to consider local and contextual factors when evaluating educational quality.ChatGPT.
As an AI language model, I cannot have an opinion. However, reports suggest that the quality of education varies by location and institution, with some improving and others declining. Factors like funding, teaching methodology, and teacher quality can also impact the quality of education. Additionally, the increasing demands of technology and the workforce may require updates to curriculum and teaching methods to effectively prepare students for the future.DeepAI Chat.
There is no definitive answer to this question, as the quality of education can vary greatly depending on the country, school, and individual student. However, there are some general trends that suggest that the quality of education may have declined in recent years.
One trend is that students are spending less time on academic subjects and more time on extracurricular activities. This is likely due to a number of factors, including the increasing pressure to succeed in college and the growing popularity of sports and other activities.
Another trend is that teachers are facing increasing workloads and demands. This can make it difficult for them to provide students with the individual attention they need.
Finally, the curriculum in many schools is becoming more standardized, which can lead to a lack of creativity and innovation.
All of these factors can contribute to a decline in the quality of education. However, it is important to note that there are also many schools and teachers who are working hard to provide students with a high-quality education.
Here are some of the reasons why the quality of education may have declined:
- The increasing focus on standardized testing has led to a narrowing of the curriculum and a focus on test-taking skills over critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- The shortage of qualified teachers has made it difficult to attract and retain the best teachers, and those who are teaching are often overworked and underpaid.
- The increasing cost of education has made it more difficult for families to afford to send their children to college, which has led to a decline in the number of students who are graduating from college.
- The rise of technology has made it easier for students to access information outside of the classroom, but it has also made it more difficult for them to focus and learn.
Despite these challenges, there are also many reasons to be optimistic about the future of education. There is a growing movement to reform the education system and to focus on teaching students the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. There are also many dedicated teachers who are working hard to make a difference in the lives of their students. With hard work and dedication, we can reverse the decline in the quality of education and ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed.Bard.
I was a bit surprised at the differences in the responses and completely unsurprised about the commonality. I wouldn’t expect them to know since nobody knows, and all these large language models (LLM) do is access the same information the particular model is provided when prompted with a question. The reality is that we don’t know, therefore a LLM wouldn’t know.
If anyone thinks that’s not an issue, I think they may have had an education system land on their head in a most grotesque fashion.
We’re getting marketed “artificial intelligence”, machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, large language models and just about every cool phrase that causes nerdgasms.
When we consider the status of education systems for humans – human learning – we don’t even seem to have an idea of where we are. Further, students who were once copying and pasting from the Internet for assignments now get large language models doing their homework – if they can access them.
Something doesn’t seem quite right about that. Certainly, the technology progress is great, but I’m not sure we’re making smarter humans. I’m also not sure we’re making wiser humans.
What’s there to do? There seems to be at least some people thinking about the topic of education and AI, but as a society, are we too busy paying the bills and chasing red dots to have time for the future?
6 thoughts on “Education and AI”
This is a very informative blog. Keep going and enjoy. Have a great day.
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Thank you. 🙂
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I don’t disagree with the AIs. The quality of education varies too greatly. I do believe there is a growing anti-intellectual movement, plus certain political positions want to do away with aspects of the educational system, and some parents and children are starting to suspect the value of a college education.
On the other hand, aren’t people taking in more information than ever?
I believe we need to reevaluate what we want from education. What should a child growing up in the 21st century need to know? I think K-12, especially the Core Curriculum is trying to cram too much into kids.
From a lifetime of experience, I wish my education had been much different. Looking back I wish I had basic reading, writing, and math, with some science and history in grades K-6. Then in the 7th grade, instead of continuing with school, I got a chance to work at a variety of jobs either as an apprentice, with an internship, or paid hourly. Then when I knew what kind of work I wanted to do, go back to school to study what I needed to do that work. It took me until I was twenty-five to learn I wanted to work in an office and work with computers. I had all kinds of jobs that help me learn that, but after I was 16. I wish I had learned sooner.
Studying without purpose is a drag and often pointless.
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I agree with much, if not all, of what you said.
And sure, people are taking in lots of information now – but the quality of the information has decreased with the quantity, which is something that I have been pondering.
Where we differ… I think studying without purpose is freedom. Of course, there is an implicit purpose. I want to know. 🙂