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Black Boxes, Student Data & Playing Moneyball for Education

We’re rapidly entering a world of evidence-based decision making in public education. These decisions will be powered by vast amounts of data run through proprietary black boxes that parents will have no way of understanding. The approach is called Moneyball … Continue reading Black Boxes, Student Data & Playing Moneyball for Education

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Digital Nudging: Data, Devices & Social Control

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. …“Choice architects” create these systems and weave them into public policy. Through strategic application of “nudges,” citizens,  otherwise “irrational actors” in the market, can be guided to conform to economists’ expectations. Through nudges, … Continue reading Digital Nudging: Data, Devices & Social Control

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A Close Reading of Moneyball for Government & Why You Should Be Worried

But the idea of using “data” to ration resources struck a cord with both Democrats and Republicans. Politicians couldn’t resist the opportunity to use a real David vs. Goliath baseball story to sell the American public on lowering their expectations … Continue reading A Close Reading of Moneyball for Government & Why You Should Be Worried

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Making Childhood Pay: Arthur Rolnick, Steven Rothschild, and ReadyNation

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The push for early childhood education access is NOT being driven by a desire to meet the basic human needs of children. Rather financial interests that view children as cogs in a national … Continue reading Making Childhood Pay: Arthur Rolnick, Steven Rothschild, and ReadyNation

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How Big Data Becomes Psy Ops and Tilts the World Towards its Own Aims: Next Stop, Public Education

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. While “grit” has been exposed for the racist narrative it is, it’s also a direct by-product of the same OCEANS framework used to control, predict and manipulate voters. If this data can sway major national elections and … Continue reading How Big Data Becomes Psy Ops and Tilts the World Towards its Own Aims: Next Stop, Public Education

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A New Campaign! Classrooms, Not Computers: Stop Educating for Profit

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. We want to end the invasive corporate control of students, schools, and communities being pushed in the name of technology. We want to create actions to eliminate the mining, tracking, and surveillance of student data by government and corporate entities. … Continue reading A New Campaign! Classrooms, Not Computers: Stop Educating for Profit

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What Will Facebook Terragraph, 5G, and Being a “Smart City” Mean for San José Residents?

Reposted with permission from EduResearcher. A quote from the Smart City Team presentation in April on the Facebook Terragraph (millimeter wave technology) rollout reveals that “deploying at scale in a city has never been done before.”  This alone should lead us to … Continue reading What Will Facebook Terragraph, 5G, and Being a “Smart City” Mean for San José Residents?

Tracking for the Rest of Us

Wages and benefits are a function of supply and demand. If there are too few of a particular worker to meet employer demand, wages and benefits go up. If there’s too many workers, employers can cut compensation, knowing that among … Continue reading Tracking for the Rest of Us