ChatGPT in the Classroom: A Student’s Friend or Foe?

ChatGPT in the Classroom: A Student's Friend or Foe?


The arrival of ChatGPT has sparked a lively debate in the educational world. Is it a boon or a bane for students? In this blog, we delve into the recent survey findings that shed light on how this AI is affecting students and teachers alike. Brace yourselves for a journey through the realms of technology, trust, and teen troubles.

Ever since ChatGPT burst onto the scene last year, a heated debate has centered on its potential benefits and pitfalls for students. As educators worry students could use artificial intelligence tools to cheat, a new survey makes clear its impact on young people: They’re getting into trouble.

The Divide Between Teachers and Students:

Half of teachers say they know a student at their school who was disciplined or faced negative consequences for using—or being accused of using—generative artificial intelligence like ChatGPT to complete a classroom assignment, according to survey results released Wednesday by the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit think tank focused on digital rights and expression.

Cheating Concerns vs. Reality:

Cheating concerns were clear, with survey results showing that teachers have grown suspicious of their students. Nearly two-thirds of teachers said that generative AI has made them “more distrustful” of students, and 90% said they suspect kids are using the tools to complete assignments. Yet students themselves who completed the anonymous survey said they rarely use ChatGPT to cheat, but are turning to it for help with personal problems.

The Gray Areas:

Part of the disconnect dividing teachers and students may come down to gray areas. Just 40% of parents said they or their child were given guidance on ways they can use generative AI without running afoul of school rules. Only 24% of teachers say they’ve been trained on how to respond if they suspect a student used generative AI to cheat.

Privacy and Security Concerns:

The results on ChatGPT’s educational impacts were included in the Center for Democracy and Technology’s broader annual survey analyzing the privacy and civil rights concerns of teachers, students, and parents as tech, including artificial intelligence, becomes increasingly engrained in classroom instruction.


The debate around ChatGPT’s role in education is far from settled. As educators, students, and parents navigate this new frontier of technology in the classroom, open communication and clear guidelines will be key to ensuring that AI serves as a tool for learning, not as a source of mistrust.

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