Editor’s Note: Sidhi Dhanda is a high school senior from Massachusetts. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinion at CNN.
I’m used to getting dirty looks from my high school classmates whenever I log on to ChatGPT. Even though many other students use it, few of them want to acknowledge doing it. Our teachers, after all, have warned us against turning to AI chatbots, framing them as shortcuts to bypass hard work and reminding us that the information they generate isn’t always accurate. Last year, I wasn’t aware of an AI policy at my school. This year, some of my teachers have explicitly banned using AI chatbots in their classes while others have not discussed a policy on it.
My teachers, along with some of my fellow classmates, aren’t alone in viewing ChatGPT as a tool that subverts learning, of course. A professor at UPenn said, “AI does your thinking for you.” A Columbia undergraduate wrote, “We’re not being forced to think anymore.”
But as a senior in high school who has been using ChatGPT since January of this year, I view it as an essential tool in education that must be incorporated into curriculums. AI chatbots have already made me a stronger student, and I have had no formal training with them.