Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.
This fall, parents in a California school district discovered at a sixth grade open house that their child would no longer have a teacher.
Instead, the district had invested in an “exciting new way of learning” – a “personalized learning program” called Summit, designed by Facebook.
After listening to a presentation about the system that parents had received no prior information about (including no information about the programs data-sharing agreement, which gives Summit full authority to sell student information to third parties), they were ushered into a classroom where they told to log onto the software program.
When it became clear that no teacher was to be found, one mom went searching for an explanation.
“I went out into the hallway and found a really young looking woman. She called herself the classroom facilitator, and told us that ‘teacher’ was just an old term.”
The mom’s jaw hit the floor.