The Most Popular Education Next Blog Posts of 2023

In the past year, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence tool, has sparked interest and speculation among all types of individuals, ranging from those who fear technology to those who are well-versed in it. The education sector, in particular, is both excited and concerned about the potential uses of AI in the classroom.

This enthusiasm was evident on the Education Next blog in 2023, with three articles related to AI making it into the top ten most-read list. Executive editor Rick Hess pondered whether ChatGPT would lead teachers to bring their students’ writing assignments back to school for in-person supervision. Researcher Paul von Hippel, from the University of Texas at Austin, explored the limitations of using ChatGPT to teach math in two separate posts, highlighting the rapidly evolving nature of AI.

However, the most popular blog article by far was a analysis by Katie Silberstein and Marguerite Roza from Georgetown University, which examined how school districts are utilizing the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. With $112 billion in Covid recovery funding set to expire in the fall of 2024, Education Next readers were keen to learn how effectively and transparently the money was being spent.

As is often the case in education, there is a mix of hope and skepticism, and our readers are paying close attention to both factors.

Here is the full list of the top ten articles:

1. The Massive ESSER Experiment: Here’s what we’re learning. Large investments in labor and vendor contracts, but little information on the impact of spending on students.By Katherine Silberstein and Marguerite Roza




2. Stanford Summer Math Camp Defense Doesn’t Add Up, Either Flawed, non-causal research embraced by the proposed California framework.By Tom Loveless




3. Does Anyone Really Believe the Student Loan “Payment Pause” Will End Anytime Soon? Expensive, regressive, and likely to continue until after the 2024 election.By Education Next




4. ChatGPT Is Not Ready to Teach Geometry (Yet) The popular chatbot often provides incorrect information, so educators need to use caution.By Paul T. von Hippel




5. Education Choice Means Accountability to Families Concerns about waste and fraud in Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are unfounded compared to other government programs.By Jason Bedrick




6. Eliminate Department of Education, Four Republican Presidential Candidates Say Senator Tim Scott proposes to dismantle the influence of teachers unions.By Ira Stoll




7. Will ChatGPT Unflip the Classroom? Teachers must ensure students are truly learning, not simply relying on artificial intelligence for their assignments.By Frederick Hess




8. GPT-4 Is Still Not Ready to Teach Geometry However, the forthcoming Wolfram plugin may change that.By Paul T. von Hippel




9. Social-Emotional Learning: “No One Is Fooled” Why not simply focus on concepts like “respect” and “responsibility”?By Frederick Hess




10. Six Questions to Ask the School-Board Candidates If a candidate believes only the superintendent is responsible for academics, it is advisable to vote for someone else or consider running yourself.By Robert Maranto

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P.S. You can find the Top 10 Education Next blog posts of 2022 here, 2021 here, 2020 here, 2019 here, 2018 here, 2017 here, 2016 here, 2015 here, 2014 here and 2013 here.

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