Students in Brooklyn protest their school’s use of a Zuckerberg-backed online curriculum that Facebook engineers helped build
- High school students at Brooklyn’s Secondary School for Journalism staged a walkout last week to protest perceived “wrongdoings” at the school, which include the use of an online curriculum called “Summit Learning” that stresses independent learning.
- Schools across the nation have implemented this free web-based program, which was designed with the help of Facebook engineers and funded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.
- However, students at the Brooklyn high school — and at other schools — have criticized the program for its lack of effectiveness, as well as expressed concerns over data privacy.
Students at a Brooklyn high school staged a walkout last week to protest teaching methods in their classrooms, which include a web-based curriculum program partially funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Nearly 100 students participated in the protest at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported. They complained that the online program, called Summit Learning, resulted in coursework that required students to spend much of their day in front of a computer screen, made it easy to cheat by looking up answers online, and that some of their teachers didn’t have the proper training for the curriculum.
The program emphasizes students “work at their own pace” and follow “self-direction,” according to the website. Summit Learning was first designed with the help of engineers from Facebook, and gets funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a nonprofit started by the Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan.