With 39 million American schoolchildren sent home due to the coronavirus, Scientologist-owned ABC Mouse is now, apparently, offering “free access” as part of its capitalistic response to the coronavirus.
Google the search terms “ABC mouse is offering free membership now.Code: SCHOOL7771” to see how ABC Mouse is using online coupon marketing to reach new customers. Here is the coupon which offers Free ABC Mouse Online Access for Pre-K through 8th Grade:
Parents are told to contact their school for the appropriate code. What is going on here with the ABC Mouse offer? Is this a tactic? Is it a marketing strategy to get parents demanding that school districts capitulate to ABC Mouse’s offer of free access? And what is meant by free access? Is ABC Mouse throwing open the doors of its entire websites and content for free? Or is there a charge after gaining free access? Is there a catch?
And what of existing paying customers? Do they now get free access if their children have been sent home from school due to the coronavirus? ABC Mouse charges a monthly subscription fee of $9.95. The company is always running free or lower cost specials for the first month or two months. ABC Mouse would go broke if it gave away everything for free. What we are asking for is a clear explanation of what ABC Mouse’s offer actually consists of: What is the actual dollar cost to parents whose children have been sent home? What are the real terms and conditions of the offer?
We further note that ABC Mouse is a privately-held company that appears to be seeking to bypass the authority of School Boards. Teachers and administrators do not have the independent authority to act upon offers from private companies. Such decisions can only occur at the School Board level.
We navigated to the Age of Learning website and found these two messages. The first message claims that free home access is available. Again, what does “free access” mean?
The second message (below in a yellow block) instructs parents or guardians to contact an administrator or teacher to complete this form. This second message is also confusing as it states that ABC Mouse has partnered with UNICEF to make its resources free to schools outside the US. This implies that ABC Mouse’s resources are not free to US schools.
Here is the form ABC Mouse wants filled out. The form is a breathtaking attempt at massive data mining by ABC Mouse:Coronavirus - Age of Learning Helps Kids at Closed Schools
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