I was struck by the need to change our idea of STEM and STEAM to STEAME (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Ethics). With infinite knowledge at their fingertips by using AI tools, students will need to have a strong understanding of ethics to ensure their work remains in the best interest of society or the collective. Our C3 class has a curriculum designed to be intentional in teaching our students future ready skills such as emotional intelligence, judgment, leadership, and cognitive flexibility. This will ensure they are ready to make important and ethical decisions in their future careers. As students utilize these skills, they will be ready for new careers in fields like AI ethics, data privacy, and algorithmic governance.
Generative AI will redefine the nature of careers, demanding adaptable skill sets and an understanding of AI’s role in all industries. Today we learned that education traditionally has been shaped like the letter T. Students have a broad knowledge of various contents, but a deep knowledge in a specialized area or pathway. Now students need to think of their educational path as more a 𝜋 shape. Students will still need a broad knowledge of a variety of contents and deep knowledge in a specialized pathway, but they will also need a deep understanding of AI and automation as it will impact every industry. A singular career pathway will not allow students to build the interconnected, transferable skills necessary for high skilled careers. By having foundational knowledge and industry awareness gained in their first two years, KTEC High school students will be uniquely prepared to move beyond isolated knowledge of one industry sector/pathway and broaden their employability by having a strong foundation in AI and automation which will impact their future roles.