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Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) gift likely means huge changes for schools across the country. We’ve known for a long time that Chicago school experimentation is usually the country’s pilot project. And the CZI … Continue reading Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

 “Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

    The difference between parents’ expectations when enrolling their students into a Summit charter school and the reality of the educational experience, or lack thereof, is enormous. This has been experienced by parents and teachers around the country and … Continue reading  “Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

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

  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 … Continue reading Basecamp, Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform, Can Be Stopped

One Parent’s Experience with Basecamp, Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Original Title: Tech for Good and Not-So-Good. Reposted with permission from Real Chicago Mama. Recently, I was asked about my experience as a parent with Summit PLP . This post is an attempt to capture the extent that I engaged … Continue reading One Parent’s Experience with Basecamp, Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Is Summit Basecamp Bill Gates’ Latest Plan for Public Education?

So far, The Gates Foundation has given $300 million of support to promote and develop personalized learning – with more likely to come. Now the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is adding “99 percent of their Facebook shares—worth an estimated $45 billion” … Continue reading Is Summit Basecamp Bill Gates’ Latest Plan for Public Education?

Debunking the “Truthiness” of Bill Gates’ Glowing Review of Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Truthiness The quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts. Origin: Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report,” 2005 In spite of being handicapped by attending two outmoded, “factory style”  public schools, both my kids … Continue reading Debunking the “Truthiness” of Bill Gates’ Glowing Review of Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Read their own documents, and you’ll see that they are planning to turn live, face-to-face teaching into a “premium service.” A premium service.   Meaning that they know face-to-face instruction … Continue reading Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform

Reprinted with permission from Leonie Haimson, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. Anyone that has not dealt with this program first hand as a teacher, parent, student or observer really needs to make an unannounced visit to one of … Continue reading Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform

Did you know Facebook and Summit Charter Schools Have Teamed Up to Deliver Personalized Learning?

It was a lucky shot, some say of Nick Ut’s famous Vietnam War photo The Terror of War, or Napalm Girl, as it is more commonly known. Less lucky, of course, was the little girl in the photo, Kim Phuc. She was running … Continue reading Did you know Facebook and Summit Charter Schools Have Teamed Up to Deliver Personalized Learning?

An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

On August 5th Alison McDowell was a guest on KEXP’s news program Mind Over Matters. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below ( be patient – it takes a little bit of time for the … Continue reading An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum