As the head of school at de Toledo High School in West Hills, California, and a member of that school’s board of directors, we have been ruminating about the impact of AI and the role of educational institutions in addressing new technologies. We used our different professional and personal experiences to examine the impact of the still-nascent technology and what it may mean from the ground and balcony levels.
Meet the Challenge Head On
In 1494, Abbot Johannes Trithemius, a scholar of some renown, declared the “mass” printed Gutenberg Bible “the Devil’s work.” (Ironically, he had this concern copied and distributed by the printing press.) H.M. Warner (one of the Warner brothers) famously declared in 1927, “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” Needless to say, these two gentlemen misread the value of innovation. History is littered with examples of “experts” like these, dismissing or fearing the latest technological innovations.
In recent times, we have dealt with successive technological opportunities and challenges presented by the advent of personal computers, search engines and the seemingly endless amount of internet content ripe for plagiarism. We believe that schools cannot shy away from their responsibility to embrace technological and pedagogical advances and offer students access and understanding, coupled with ethical guidelines and other guardrails.