Link: The Homework Apocalypse
My daughter will be growing up as AI imbues itself into society at a deep level. The first place she will feel this is at school. The Homework Apocalypse talks about some of the issues that we are going to start to see over the next couple of years, as students and teachers adapt to the availability of tools like ChatGPT.
Students will cheat with AI. But they also will begin to integrate AI into everything they do, raising new questions for educators. Students will want to understand why they are doing assignments that seem obsolete thanks to AI. They will want to use AI as a learning companion, a co-author, or a teammate. They will want to accomplish more than they did before, and also want answers about what AI means for their future learning paths. Schools will need to decide how to respond to this flood of questions.
I’m a bit of a Luddite with respect to AI tools that are designed to help with my work, like GitHub Copilot. I’m starting to think that I should use them, to enable me to better understand the challenges and opportunities she is going to have to deal with in the coming years.