Basecamp, Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform, Can Be Stopped

 

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Parents are tired of ed- tech entrepreneurs who think they can use our public schools as product development laboratories, our kids as guinea pigs, and our teachers as market research assistants.

Thankfully, concerned parents are rising up and rejecting personalized learning platforms like Summit’s Basecamp. Let’s hope more do the same.

Despite overwhelming odds, parents in two separate school districts have racket up victories in the battle to beat back the adoption of Basecamp, Summit’s personalized learning platform.

In Cheshire, Connecticut parents gathered 460 signatures urging the district to suspend the use of the online learning program. Parental pressure coupled with concern from two board members was enough to bring about a change of heart by the District’s Superintendent, Jeff Solan.

The school district is suspending its use of a controversial online education program, Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan announced Monday.

Solan announced his decision on the Summit Learning Program in an email sent to parents Monday afternoon. The suspension of the program, which is being used by students in fifth, sixth and seventh grades, will occur Friday, Solan said in the email to parents.

On December 18th, the Indiana School Board, after much parental pressure, voted to curtail the adoption of Basecamp in their district.

The Indiana school board on Monday ordered a rollback of the Summit Learning mass customized learning program at the urging of district parents and in part at the recommendation of District Superintendent Dale Kirsch.

The sixth-grade faculty in January will scale back the online-based teaching tool from four core subjects to just two for the balance of the school year.

And following a wave of criticism from parents of sixth-graders — the students who are piloting the program in Indiana Area School District this year — the administration will offer Summit only as an option for the 2018-19 school year.

Parents are tired of ed- tech entrepreneurs who think they can use our public schools as product development laboratories, our kids as guinea pigs, and our teachers as market research assistants.

Thankfully, concerned parents are rising up and rejecting personalized learning platforms like Summit’s Basecamp. Let’s hope more do the same.

-Carolyn Leith

 

 

 

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