Sunday, April 28, 2019
#118 / Summit Learning
I had never heard of "Summit Learning" until I read The New York Times on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Here is a link to The Times' front-page article on that date, headlined, in the hard-copy version, "Silicon Valley Came to Kansas. It Didn't Go Well."
The Summit Learning plan, which rolled out in Wichita, attempted to transform typical school classrooms into a bunch of students working all by themselves on computers. The idea was to create an all-inclusive, "web-based platform and curriculum... [which] uses online tools to customize education." The program was developed by Facebook engineers, and was funded by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
I would suggest that the Zuckerberg/Chan/Facebook team read a little bit of Horace Mann, who said, among other things, "a teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering cold iron."
Inspiration, not information, is what education is all about. Read The Times' story and be inspired by the Summit Learning rebellion, led by the students themselves, who demanded real education from their schools, not facetime on a Chromebook!
(1) - https://youtu.be/z0pPhTLvzu4
(2) - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/technology/silicon-valley-kansas-schools.html