Revealed: Parents’ fears about artificial intelligence in schools

tes | February 25, 2019

An overwhelming majority of parents are concerned about bias, accountability and a lack of transparency in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in schools, new research shows.A YouGov survey commissioned by innovation foundation Nesta, which asked about the use of artificial intelligence tools for education (AIEd), showed that 61 per cent of parents thought AI will be fairly or very important in schools by the year 2035. The report, which calls for extra government investment in the sector, raises as an example “AIEd tools making recommendations for future education or career pathways which could reinforce and replay whatever social inequality is reflected in the data on which an algorithm was trained”. The survey also reveals a range of parental attitudes to different roles AI could play in their child’s school.Parents were most happy about its use for timetabling (75 per cent of parents), completing a teacher’s administrative tasks (65 per cent), and adjusting the pace of a student’s progress through lesson plans based on how quickly they were learning (55 per cent).However, more parents were unhappy than happy about AI marking homework (48 per cent versus 39 per cent), and assessing attributes such as social and emotional skills throughout pupils' development at school (44 per cent versus 37 per cent).

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