China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns. Zhou Yi was terrible at math.
He risked never getting into college. Then a company called Squirrel AI came to his middle school in Hangzhou, China, promising personalized tutoring. He had tried tutoring services before, but this one was different: instead of a human teacher, an AI algorithm would curate his lessons. The 13-year-old decided to give it a try. By the end of the semester, his test scores had risen from 50% to 62.5%. “I used to think math was terrifying,” he says. Experts agree AI will be important in 21st-century education—but how? Silicon Valley is also keenly interested. But experts worry about the direction this rush to AI in education is taking. As one of the largest AI education companies in China, Squirrel highlights this tension. The learning center that Zhou attends, one of the first that Squirrel opened, occupies the second floor of an unassuming building on a busy commercial road in Hangzhou, a second-tier city in Zhejiang province.
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