Do You Want to Prepare Your Students for the AI World? Support Your Speech and Debate Team Now | Stefan Bauschard | 9 Min Read

August 24. 2023

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak to school superintendents, instructional superintendents, principals, CTOs, and other school leaders about generative AI and education.

When introducing myself, I discussed my life-long commitment to speech and debate and pointed out that while some are arguing that education is facing some sort of “apocalypse,” in many instances, we simply need to place more emphasis on the things we’ve been doing well in schools for over 100 years, such as supporting speech and debate programs.

Why? Because as AI continues to develop, it’s going to diminish (not replace) the value of learning content relative to developing skills. And as it begins to replace some jobs and job functions while also creating new jobs (Goldman Sachs), humans need to focus on those essential skills that will help them adapt to a world where many tasks that require advanced knowledge can be delegated to AI, and where constantly changing job needs will require life-long learning and adaptability.

These essential skills include curiosity, motivation, continuous learning, interpersonal communication, teamwork, persuasion, resilience, time management, media literacy, analytic thinking, complex information processing and interpretation, and critical thinking and decision-making. These essential skills are called…

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Stefan Bauschard

Stefan Bauschard and Dr. Sabba Quiadwai have developed a program combining principles of Design Thinking with AI literacy to help schools transition to an AI world, using practical steps, including a discussion format designed to help leaders think about the immediate future. They are currently working with leading school districts across the country. Stefan has also co-developed an AI literacy program for K-12 students with Dr. Anand Rao that has supported the development of AI literacy among students in the United States and China.