Opinion Blog

Ask a Psychologist

Helping Students Thrive Now

Angela Duckworth and other behavioral-science experts offer advice to teachers based on scientific research. To submit questions, use this form or #helpstudentsthrive. Read more from this blog.

Classroom Technology Opinion

How to Prepare Kids Now for a Workplace With ChatGPT

We need to work with artificial intelligence, not against it
By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic — May 10, 2023 1 min read
How do I prepare kids for the future of work?
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

How do I prepare kids for the future of work so they don’t get replaced by artificial intelligence?

You can help them develop the capacities that will make them skillful supervisors of artificial intelligence. Here’s something I wrote about the topic for Character Lab as a Tip of the Week:

With recent advances in artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT, parents and teachers were first impressed by its abilities—then worried about what this means for kids. What happens when students can ask a bot to write their papers for them in seconds? Will they replace deep learning with copycat plagiarism?

Automated knowledge agents like ChatGPT fundamentally change the value of human expertise. In a world where much of our thinking can be outsourced to machines, the key role of humans is to ask rather than answer questions. In particular, developing the capacity for asking questions AI can’t answer is the best way to advance the collaboration between humans and machines to everybody’s benefit.

Since ChatGPT and similar technologies are optimized for providing quick, generic, and relatively adequate or accurate answers (not too different from Wikipedia), you can also teach young people to identify errors and mistakes, which requires deep learning and research. Think of human intelligence as a supervisor of machine intelligence and expertise as the ability to go beyond the prepackaged “fast facts” churned out by AI and provide value beyond the wisdom (or ignorance) of the crowds.

So what can you do now to prepare kids for the future? Help them develop curiosity to ask more and better questions. Research finds that playful activities such as games can boost curiosity—say, by using digital voice agents like Alexa and Siri to answer questions about things kids want to understand.

Don’t ban new technologies like chatbots. It risks turning kids into Luddites—or can tempt them to use it even more.

Do help young people cultivate curiosity by playing games. Establish family quiz time to ask questions, then use technology like chatbots and digital voice agents to search for the answer. Kids who can extract the right insights—because they’ve learned how to ask the right questions—and verify or correct the accuracy of the information will have skills no machine can replace anytime soon.

Related Tags:

The opinions expressed in Ask a Psychologist: Helping Students Thrive Now are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.


Student Well-Being K-12 Essentials Forum Boosting Student and Staff Mental Health: What Schools Can Do
Join this free virtual event based on recent reporting on student and staff mental health challenges and how schools have responded.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
Practical Methods for Integrating Computer Science into Core Curriculum
Dive into insights on integrating computer science into core curricula with expert tips and practical strategies to empower students at every grade level.
Content provided by Learning.com

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Classroom Technology This School Leader Believes AI Could Transform Education for Students With Dyslexia
AI could revolutionize how people with dyslexia navigate K-12 schools, said a school leader who works with children with the condition.
3 min read
Elementary age boy using computer.
E+ / Getty
Classroom Technology Crafting a School Policy on AI? Here’s What Experts Recommend
AI is developing so rapidly that many educators fear district policies to handle the technology will quickly become outdated.
1 min read
Classroom Technology Khan Academy Plans to Shake Up Writing Instruction With AI Tool
Chatbots designed specifically for K-12 education are expected to proliferate rapidly over the next few years.
3 min read
Illustration of woman using AI on phone.
DigitalVision Vectors
Classroom Technology Schools 'Can't Sit Out' AI, Top U.S. Education Department Official Argues
School districts that choose not to engage with AI put their students at a disadvantage, the Ed. Dept. official said.
3 min read
Woman using a computer chatting with an intelligent artificial intelligence.