Ever notice how poor public schools let all of these corporate-sponsored devices into the classroom, while quality schools don’t allow devices to replace teaching and learning. Does anyone believe that corporations have any interest in actually educating kids and not just selling devices, advertising and making the next generation witless consumers?
Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program
An excerpt of the email the students sent to Facebook’sDiane Tavenner, CEO of Summit Public Schools…
…”Unfortunately we didn’t have a good experience using the program, which requires hours of classroom time sitting in front of computers. Not all students would receive computers, the assignments are boring, and it’s too easy to pass and even cheat on the assessments. Students feel as if they are not learning anything and that the program isn’t preparing them for the Regents exams they need to pass to graduate. Most importantly, the entire program eliminates much of the human interaction, teacher support, and discussion and debate with our peers that we need in order to improve our critical thinking.
Unlike the claims made in your promotional materials, we students find that we are learning very little to nothing. It’s severely damaged our education, and that’s why we walked out in protest. See the New York Post article from November 11 for more details: “Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program.”
Another issue that raises flags to us is all our personal information the Summit program collects without our knowledge or consent. We were never informed about this by Summit or anyone at our school, but recently learned that Summit is collecting our names, student ID numbers, email addresses, our attendance, disability, suspension and expulsion records, our race, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status, our date of birth, teacher observations of our behavior, our grade promotion or retention status, our test scores and grades, our college admissions, our homework, and our extracurricular activities. Summit also says on its website that they plan to track us after graduation through college and beyond. Summit collects too much of our personal information, and discloses this to 19 other corporations.”