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Rethinking Academic Excellence in the Age of AI

This week, my 3rd grade son was working on a presentation on Greek myths. He had to make a tri-fold poster on Zeus, king of the Greek gods, and when it came time to find a picture, we decided it might be fun to create one with AI. It became a family activity — one that reveals magical opportunities and real limits of generative AI for all grade levels. It also became a clarifying moment for what it means to teach in the age of generative AI. Zeus and Cubism Our prompts were almost always simple. We started with “Please make me a picture of Zeus.” The first outcomes appeared in the style of a fantasy novel: stereotypical, bearded, and muscled. In our first few attempts, we tried specifications for details like how to hold a lightning bolt: Our son loves soccer, so we tried some other formats: “imagine he is a soccer player” wearing the school uniform and “make it more kid-friendly”: My wife had the idea to ask for a cubist Zeus. We learned that ChatGPT can’t do cubism.  Make it more abs
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