Chat GPT: A rise in AI technology, a decline in student academics

Chat GPT: A rise in AI technology, a decline in student academics

“The rise of artificial intelligence has brought about endless advancements in technology. One such technology is the use of chat-bots for educational purposes. 

However, as convenient as chat-bots may be, they have also created a new problem for students. With the help of chat-bots such as GPT-3, students can easily fake assignments. 

GPT-3, or Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3, is an AI language model that is capable of producing human-like text. Its abilities range from writing essays, composing poetry, or even coding. Unfortunately, students are starting to use GPT-3 or other chat-bots as a means of cheating, turning in essays or assignments that were not written by them. With the ability to produce human-like text, GPT-3 can easily generate essays that will pass plagiarism checks. 

This poses a serious threat to academic integrity as students no longer feel the need to put in the effort to complete assignments on their own. Instead, they can rely on chat-bots to do the work for them. Furthermore, this reliance on chat-bots may also hinder the development of students’ skills. By using GPT-3, students miss out on the opportunity to practice critical thinking, analysis, and creative writing. These skills are essential for their future careers and personal growth. 

The impact of chat-bots is far-reaching and not just limited to students. Educators must also remain vigilant in detecting and preventing the use of chat-bots for cheating purposes.

 In conclusion, while chat-bots such as GPT-3 can streamline certain aspects of education, it shouldn’t be at the expense of academic integrity. Educational institutions must be proactive in addressing this issue and finding ways to encourage students to develop their own original ideas and work.”


What you’ve just read is not a human-written article. It was generated by  Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Chat GPT after it was asked: “Write me a story about how chat GPT affects students in school by making it easy to fake assignments, in the style of a journalist.”

Chat GPT is a tool people have used to create artificial texts based on prompts since November of 2022. Numerous students have used it not only just for fun, but also to write their assignments, or complete essays for school. There’s almost no limit to what you can write with it, depending on what type of information you provide. Whether it be an opinion essay about a novel,  a political opinion, or an expository response, it can be written entirely by AI. Teachers have begun to enforce certain rules in their own assignments to make it easier to identify these auto-generated responses, but AI is only advancing.

Chat GPT is similar to Photomath, except it offers no assistance in how things are done. Its main purpose is to generate a helpful response. Chat GPT is a hindrance to learning in the long run, and stops students from understanding crucial subjects. Ads for apps like this have been used to represent these apps as ‘an AI friend’ that you can talk to instead of actual people.

These programs are likely harmful to social/human interactions. Chat GPT can be used for almost any situation where the person using it doesn’t want to do something like write a letter, text message, or email. This could make any letters lose emotional meaning, considering humans aren’t the ones that actually wrote it. 

Multiple places have banned or are considering banning the app as multiple concerns rise. Italy banned AI generated responses recently due to privacy issues; numerous schools across the country have banned it as well, as staff fear that it will negatively impact learning environments through auto-generated work. Some of these districts include NYCPS (New York City public schools) and the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District.) 

Overall, Chat GPT has caused numerous problems across school systems throughout the country, and it continues to be used. Schools can only try to educate students about the negative effects and encourage students not to use the tools in order to do their assignments. Schools must find ways to determine whether or not certain works are AI generated or human-made. Even though teachers have attempted to curtail its usage, there is really no way to be totally sure that essays are not AI generated, as AI gets more and more advanced every day. 

Mrs. Hoover, a teacher here at Arroyo Grande High School, has set her own rules in essays by changing the format in a way that makes it harder for AI to generate a response. 

“There’s really no way to tell,” Hoover said.

As her own strategies, such as making the format of the essays exact and difficult to reproduce without specific instruction do help with maintaining students’ educational honesty, there are still numerous ways students can go around these boundaries using Chat GPT and other similar websites.