Seung Lee reports:
In September, Jenny M., a mother of two middle schoolers in northeastern Ohio, emailed her school district to opt her kids out of a new computer-assisted learning program in class using Google Chromebooks.
An adherent of “old-school education” like writing in cursive and worried that Google may start collecting data on her children, Jenny—who did not wish to share her full last name with Newsweek—wanted to opt out of the program. The day after she sent the email, the superintendent replied that the district did not need her parental consent for her children to participate in the Chromebook program.
The superintendent also warned that the children’s grades might be lowered if they didn’t use the laptops. “If by refusing to utilize Google Docs, they are unable to effectively participate in class or to produce the required work, they will receive grades reflecting their performance,” the letter to Jenny M. reads.
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