“For a technology at the service of knowledge transmission” – La tribune de Guillaume Leboucher

The school has always been able not only to adapt, but also to pave the way for the advancement of knowledge. Teachers know better than anyone how to create a better world for their students by instilling in them the knowledge and values ​​they offer. National Education, considered immobile, on the contrary, demonstrates its ability to renew itself, weathering crises, maintaining a daily connection between students and their teachers even when stretched, moved by their commitment and investment as an act of self-republicanism Believe.

While a lifetime is not enough to learn, under the pressure of school orientations, international rankings, worried parents, the demands on school are getting higher and higher. Mankind has never concentrated so much knowledge and yet it has seldom seemed so unrelated. It takes time to train and learn.

The advent of technology, which at times seems to set the pace, only emphasizes the urgency in which our lives are being placed. There are more connected mobile phones than people on our planet. These phones each have more processing power than in the first rockets that took humans to the moon. Half of the people have at least one account on a social network. This is also the case in France for four out of five fifth graders. We are talking about children under the age of 13, while the terms of use of Instagram or TikTok, to name just the most popular ones, require that you are over 13 years old and that the numerical majority in our country is definitely 15 years old.

parallel world. As the future is projected in disruptive technologies, from artificial intelligence to quantum and augmented reality universes, a parallel world is taking shape where anyone can project themselves with their individual digital double in the form of an avatar. The youngest are the first to get there. It’s time to take the time to understand, educate and inform. It will also be up to public policy makers to decide whether to form a majority. And to start, fix this civil majority in these universes particularly addictive and able to be lived in perfect autonomy.

Nothing would be more destructive than succumbing to the dictates of the times, which means we want everything from now on, now and forever. At the risk of tomorrow parents wanting accelerated and reinforced training for their children, as if by magic, with the wave of a magic wand if technology allows. That’s not how brains are made. And the teachers know it well. The focus is not on the accumulation of knowledge, but on the intelligence that is used to use it sensibly. The universal library now exists. “Little Thumbelina now has the world in her hands! », as Michel Serres announced in the 2012 essay of the same name (Editions Le Pommier).

It’s up to everyone to become the librarian of this vast world. In fact, more data has been produced, like little white pebbles in our lives, in the last five years than in previous millennia. You have to find your way there. The reality of technology is staggering. Everything seems possible now. Thanks to the cross-referencing of data, human behavior can be anticipated, even predicted. The technologies are hardly mastered when others emerge. Thus, ChaPT-3 experienced sudden madness that made many discover the extent of the services that a so-called Generative Artificial Intelligence can render, engaging in conversation with humans to respond to their requests and thirst for knowledge. .

It’s time for the kids in their schools, accompanied by their teachers, to be schooled also in the immensity of the world that awaits them, to better master its course. Students risk dropping out if they do not know or master technologies. Moreover, it is society as a whole that risks being vassalized in the face of digital giants and the countries that support them, such as China or the United States. The independence of our country also depends on the education of citizens and the youngest.

Guillaume Leboucher is President of the IA Foundation for School

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