MARK ZUCKERBERG TURNED AMERICAN CLASSROOMS INTO NONCONSENSUAL LABORATORIES FOR HIS PET EDUCATIONAL THEORIES, AND NOW THEY'RE REBELLING | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

MARK ZUCKERBERG TURNED AMERICAN CLASSROOMS INTO NONCONSENSUAL LABORATORIES FOR HIS PET EDUCATIONAL THEORIES, AND NOW THEY'RE REBELLING

SOURCE: BOING BOING
Summit Learning is a nonprofit, high-tech "customized learning" group funded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's family charity; under the program, students are equipped with high-surveillance Chromebooks and work on their own "at their own pace" and call on teachers to act as "mentors" when they get stuck.

It's a high-tech version of student-led education, where a high teacher-to-pupil ratio allows students to pursue self-directed education based on their own proclivities and interests, and mentor one another. But in the Zuck version, students work alone in front of screens, in social isolation, taking automated quizzes to assess their progress.

Many students and parents find this incredibly invasive and frustrating. Students with special needs -- exactly the group that you'd expect to benefit most from "customized learning" -- find the systems especially troublesome, and for students with screen-triggered epilepsy, the systems are pure torture.

The result is rebellion, with parents withdrawing students from school altogether, or demanding that alternative accommodations be made for them; students in Brooklyn have staged mass walkouts to protest the systems; other districts have canceled the program in the face of student protests, and one University of Pennsylvania study found that 70% of students opposed the program

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And of course, I would be almost willing to bet that you are not going to hear about this "Zuckerbergian epic fail" in any reports by any of the warrestpondents or presstitutes.

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