New York schools have been banned from using the ChatGPT chatbot due to its negative impact on students.
According to Chalkbeat New York, the New York City Department of Education has banned access to ChatGPT on devices owned by the Department of Education. Individual schools may request access to ChatGPT for the purpose of learning about AI and technology.
“Due to concerns about negative impacts on student achievement, as well as security and content accuracy concerns, access to ChatGPT is restricted across New York City public school networks and devices. While ChatGPT can provide quick and simple answers to questions, it does not develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for academic and lifelong success,” said Jenna Lyle, spokeswoman for the Department of Education.
“It is important to consider the potential risks and benefits of using ChatGPT in education and carefully weigh the evidence before making a decision. It is also important to listen to the opinions and concerns of all stakeholders, including educators, students and parents, in order to make informed and fair decisions,” a ChatGPT spokesperson commented on the ban.
Scott Graham, assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Texas at Austin, tasked his students with writing a 2,200-word essay using AI algorithms. Essays written using AI were rated 3 and 3-. For a higher score, students need to manually rewrite most of the essay or give the AI more accurate clues.