Should artificial intelligence be studied in middle school?
Published on February 7, 2024
Should schools remain disconnected from artificial intelligence, or should they adapt to the digital and technological developments with which students are growing up? According to Bastien Masse, project manager at the UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources and Artificial Intelligence, it's important to train students, from the end of middle school, in the workings and limits of artificial intelligence.
Today, young people are evolving in an increasingly digital environment, where the pace of advances and progress in artificial intelligence and algorithms gives a crucial place to the question of educating students about the issues surrounding them.
At Stendhal middle school in Nantes, Bastien Masse runs an introductory workshop on artificial intelligence for 3rd year math students, helping them to decipher the behind-the-scenes aspects of algorithms and AI. For him, it's more important to equip students with the weapons they need to understand and deal with algorithms, rather than naively trying to protect young people against tools that are very present and not very well controlled.