Considering AI in Education: Erziehung but Never Bildung

  • Alex GuilhermeEmail author
Part of the Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education book series (PRRE)


A defining aspect of our modern age is our tenacious belief in technology in all walks of life, not least in education. It could be argued that this infatuation with technology or ‘techno-philia’ in education has had a deep impact in the classroom changing the relationship between teacher and student, as well as between students. Running parallel to this and perhaps exacerbating the problem is the so-called process of ‘learnification’, which understands that teachers are mere facilitators of the learning process, rather than someone with an expertise who has something to teach others. In this article, I first assess the current technologization of education and the impact it has had in relations within the classroom, leading to an understanding of education as Erziehung rather than Bildung; secondly, I investigate through a thought experiment if the development of AI could one day successfully replace human teachers in the classroom.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

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