The 4th National Debate on “Artificial Intelligence and Education Reform” was Successfuly Held
- Kim Jin Pyo, Speaker of the National Assembly, stated, “Public education in the era of AI should focus on students’ creativity, diversity, and career aptitude.”-
- Yoo Ki-hong, Chairman of the National Education Commission, stated, “We need to establish a special committee for education reform to foster one million AI talents.”-
-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Ju-ho stated, “We will replace English, math, and coding education with AI digital textbooks by 2025.”-
On May 9, at 9:30 AM, the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly, under the leadership of Speaker Kim Jin Pyo, successfully held the 4th National Debate at the 1st meeting room of the Member’s Office Building under the theme of “Education Reform in the Era of Artificial Intelligence – Where to Start?”
Speaker Kim Jin Pyo stated, “The essence of education in the era of artificial intelligence lies in enhancing creativity and diversity, and the quality of education cannot surpass that of teachers.” He also emphasized, “We should leave knowledge education to AI, and teachers should focus on students’ career aptitude to develop public education and reduce dependence on private education.
Chairperson Yoo Ki-hong of the National Assembly Education Commission, in his congratulatory reamrks, emphasized “the need to foster one million AI talents” and asked the National Assembly to “establish a special committee for education reform to address education issues in the era of artificial intelligence.”
In subsequent congratulatory remarks, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Lee Ju-ho stated, “Through the digital textbook policy, we will replace English, math, and coding education with AI digita textbooks by 2025.” Superintendent of Education Cho Hee-yeon stressed that “the educational revolution must go beyond industrialization and democratization and move in a direction that cultivates the power of critical thinking and addresses various conflicts of interest.”
In the second part of the presentation order, President Yeom Jaeho of Taejae University raised concerns about the competitiveness of Korean universities while American universities are recruiting students worldwide through online platforms. He mentioned the case of Australia, where the education industry was industrialized as a key sector for national economic development, and emphasized that the future education of universities should focus on experience- and problem-solving-oriented education. In the following presentation, Kim Jong-hyun, Chairman of the board of directors at Korea Digital Media High School, pointed out that high school education is still at the level of information education, and suggested the direction of personalized education using AI as an alternative.
During the discussion moderated by Lee Kyu-yeon, President of the Korea Association for Futures Studies, Kim Hyung-shin, Director of Future Education at Odyssey School, pointed out that the reason why AI education is challenging in elementary and secondary schools is that they lack experiences where students’ opinions are discussed and accepted, leading to a lack of intrinsic educational motivation.
Yoon Seok-man, Editorial Writer at JoongAng Ilbo, highlighted connectional intelligence, character, practical knowledge, and communication skills as core competencies for creativity in the era of AI.
Lee Jae-nam, Policy Manager at the National Council of Governors of Education, argued that we should provide education where students, as emotional creators, can cultivate self-directed learning and empathy.
Oh Sang-hoon, Founder of Luxrobo, emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship by referring to his own startup case and argued that students with entrepreneurial spirits should be actively supported in starting their own businesses.
Shim Min-cheol, Head of the Digital Transformation of Education Bureau stressed that the core of education is teaching according to the students’ situations. He added that creativity and social skills should be taught in the classroom and emphasized the need to move beyond knowledge-centered education to coaching education.
The National Debate, organized and hosted by the National Assembly Secretariat and National Assembly Futures Institute, was broadcast live on the National Assembly TV and its YouTube channel, and the debate materials are available on the National Assembly Futures Institute website.
During the national debate, which is designed by the National Assembly to create an opportunity to lead the national agenda, National Assembly’s Special Committees, National Assembly’s affiliated agencies, and other relevant institutions will jointly study and discuss national pending issues that can shape the future of the Republic of Korea. Following the 4th National Debate, subsequent debates are scheduled to be held on topics such as high-tech industry, World Order.