Education Secretary Leonor Briones said advancements in technology would pose significant challenges to education leaders.

Speaking before a crowd of about 4,000 Department of Education officials during the recently concluded Third National Assembly of Education Leaders, Secretary Briones said the rise of artificial intelligence has changed the way people learn, as educational materials have become more accessible through smart devices and computers.

She underscored the need for education officials to appropriately respond to these changes, citing developments in genetic engineering, robotics, and even brain implants.

“We are going beyond the Fourth Industrial Revolution as we are moving from homo sapiens to homo deus brought by scientific and technological advances. We are not talking about what is to come, but what is now, and our response to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which transforms institutions and industries,” Briones said.

She said there was scarcity of data in the past when books were the only source of information. The internet and artificial intelligence have become useful sources of information, she said.

“You have enormous amounts of data which are useful, which make the life of learners satisfactory, but we need to teach especially the senior high school (learners) to discern and differentiate what data is relevant and important, how to synthesize data, and what do these data mean to us.  Artificial knowledge has increased access to education and it is replacing knowledge teaching.  All our future narratives involve algorithms, but if we are not careful, they could replace us altogether,” she said.

She expressed concern over the possibility of learners being exposed to different environmental technologies that could be detrimental to their well-being.  

“This is not to say that the youth’s values are falling, but the world is changing, the values of society and the grown-ups are also changing,” she said. (Melo M. Acuña)