Our Core Beliefs about Artificial Intelligence
We are committed to embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) thoughtfully, incorporating it into our educational practices, and empowering our students to use Human Intelligence (HI) to become responsible AI users and lifelong learners.
As AI evolves, we must engage in self-reflective practices to best understand how to use AI responsibly and ethically.
It is incumbent upon us to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to effectively and appropriately use AI, enabling them to develop their minds, achieve great academic accomplishments, and gain meaningful educational benefit while building academic stamina.
As AI is ever-evolving, we believe that policies should be adapted, as needed, through the lens of AI rather than policies be developed specifically for AI.
The Impact on Teaching and Learning
Critical thinking, creativity, and the ability to aggregate and synthesize what we learn are the hallmarks of education in the 21st century. We must consider the extent to which AI will hinder or enhance these skills.
Lifelong learners must be able to thoughtfully use AI and critique its results. Students need to consider when and how to leverage AI, and teachers need to coach students how to leverage it.
AI strengthens our ability to provide opportunities for personalized learning through customization of content. RTSD encourages teachers to explore AI's potential and incorporate it as a supplemental aid in instructional design and assessment development.
The Ethics of AI in Education
Privacy and data protection are vital considerations when using, engaging, and sharing data with AI. The Radnor High School (RHS) Academic Honor Code (Radnor, 2007) and school handbooks serve as the foundation to gauge or regulate the appropriate use of AI.
It is important to develop the skills needed to wrestle with the quandaries that AI presents. Students must be able to determine if the use of AI conflicts with directions from the teacher, Honor Code, or the values of honesty, integrity, respect, and responsibility.
In a culture of belonging, we believe that the results of AI must be analyzed to determine if it represents diverse thinking and ideas. AI may have an element of bias based on the language models on which it was trained. As a result, it may skew toward certain cultures or ideologies. Educators and students should develop the skills to interpret the results of AI to guard against bias and validate accuracy.
At Radnor Township School District, in support of our mission and vision, we believe in harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence alongside Human Intelligence to prepare our students for an evolving and unpredictable future.
- Radnor Township School District. (2007). Board policy no. 106: Academic honor code. https://go.boarddocs.com/pa/radn/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9X58MT1F05A0
- Radnor Township School District. (n.d.). Mission, vision and values. https://www.rtsd.org/our-district
- ChatGPT was used to re-write some of the text in this position statement.