The Baden-Württemberg Minister of Education Theresa Schopper (Greens) wants to adapt the forms of examinations in schools due to the increasing availability of AI tools for end users.
The minister explained to the dpa: “We will probably switch to oral exams a lot more, because that’s the only way to find out whether something has really been understood”. However, this should not lead to more memorization and the frowned upon “bulimia learning” – a form of learning that relies on short-term memorization, whereby what has been learned is forgotten again a little later.
“Today, simply memorizing facts makes little sense. It’s more important that you understand the basic connections, that you can develop skills and not that you absorb bulimic knowledge,” she emphasized.
Schopper is certain that artificial intelligence will have a significant impact on schools and that AI tools cannot be kept out of schools either: “Artificial intelligence will change our school world. It is absurd to think that it will stop at the school door.” .
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Following on from the statements made by the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), who assumes that technology and AI could soon lead to fewer foreign languages having to be learned, Schopper explained that there are indeed already other technical ones for simple translations tools are available. Schools will change that too. But both politicians are certain that learning English as a lingua franca is important. But that’s already taken for granted today, says Schopper: “If you can speak English well today, that’s no longer a reason for recognition, it’s the prerequisite for many jobs.”
Schopper also made it clear that what is being taught and learned in schools today must be checked: “We have to look: What skills do the students need? I think we have to put much more emphasis on media skills. Children and young people have to learn at school how to recognize fake news, how to use the media sensibly and where the limits are. We have a big task at school.”
In addition to dealing with technology and AI, imparting everyday knowledge is also important. Schopper understands that schoolchildren are more often demanding that schools should also teach how to fill out tax returns: “Pupils often express a desire for more practical learning. They want to be able to recognize when they are being ripped off or where the traps are phone contract. I can understand that.”
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