A new school quiz app, which was launched in 2015, has been hailed by parents as the “most successful” of its kind.
But the app’s creators, Freedom High School in New York, say it has been criticised for failing to recognise children’s mental health and has faced backlash from parents for not showing the children their right to privacy and free speech.
The app’s designers say they wanted to show children the importance of freedom of expression, but their main goal was to show the power of teachers, who they say have been “failing” to properly teach students about what the app does.
Freedom High School is based in New Jersey, but its founder, Jonathan Blau, and other founders said they had been approached by parents to try to teach students in New England how to create their own apps.
“We were approached by people from all over the country to come in and help us create a school-based app, and we really believe that it’s really important to empower parents and students to be able to create a more informed, positive, and informed public school experience,” said Blau.
“The more we get feedback from parents, the more we can improve and the more effective it becomes.”
The app, called Freedom High, was launched by a group of parents in July 2016.
The parents were worried about the app being a “gimmick”, and that the app could be used to teach young people to engage in “disrespectful behaviour”.
They wanted a way to provide a way for their children to “understand that they have a right to be respected and not to be treated as objects of ridicule”.
But the parents said they felt the app had been unfairly criticised, and the app has been taken down in several countries, including the US.
“Some parents are asking, ‘what are we going to do?'” said the parents, who are named in the app as David and Liane.
“What do we do about this?
What do we tell them?
And we really just don’t know.”
The parents say the app is about giving their children a sense of purpose and a chance to do something meaningful with their life, rather than focusing on their grades.
The apps creators said the app would be “the first of its sort to be used by parents in schools in the US”, and were “very proud of our success”.
They also claim they are not trying to “sell” the app to parents.
“Our goal is to make it so that parents have a sense that they can learn from this and that they don’t have to look at grades or schoolwork in a vacuum,” said Jonathan Blak.
“They can be inspired by it and learn something from it.”
In the US, Freedom is available only in New Hampshire, New York and Connecticut.
The creators also said they have no plans to expand beyond those states.
“As we see more and more of our children using this app, we feel we have an obligation to make sure that we’re giving them a chance,” said David Blau of Freedom High.
The Parents and Friends of Freedom are also urging parents to give the app a second chance.
“While we are very proud of the work that the parents have done, it has come at a cost to the children, and that cost is the cost of the app,” said Nancy Lauer.
“They were asking us, ‘Why do you have to change it?’.”
We don’t want to see this app in classrooms again, and it’s time for us to take that chance and try something new.
“The developers have also released a video to highlight some of the things they have done to help make the app better.
The video features a number of children from the app who talk about their experiences in the school, as well as the many comments and criticism they have received.”
If we have been successful in educating our students, it is our hope that they will be inspired to continue to be better,” said the creators.”
With their help, we can continue to do the same for others who have less of a voice and less of an opportunity to be heard.
“The New York Department of Education told New Scientist it is investigating the app.”
This app was developed by a team of parents who have the most important job in teaching their children and their communities to respect our laws and to respect their freedom to choose the content and activities that they wish to participate in,” the department said in a statement.”
Allowing students to choose their own experiences is one of the most valuable things we can do for them, and one of our biggest challenges in our classrooms is that we don’t teach our students how to be responsible and respectful to each other.
“Freedom High has provided the opportunity for parents to learn about how to build a successful app that can be used in classrooms across the country.”