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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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Do you sometimes wonder why the Seattle Times does so many puff pieces on Bill Gates and his failed education initiatives?

It’s become clear to folks outside the circle of educators and public education advocates that all of Bill Gates ideas on how other children should be educated have failed and for many reasons. Bill Gates is not an educator, never … Continue reading Do you sometimes wonder why the Seattle Times does so many puff pieces on Bill Gates and his failed education initiatives?

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Is Robert Dugger setting up Robin Hood to steal from the poor?

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Patty Murray, a democratic senator from Washington state, crossed the aisle to collaborate closely with Lamar Alexander on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which included Pay for Success provisions. She also teamed up with Paul … Continue reading Is Robert Dugger setting up Robin Hood to steal from the poor?

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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Schools as Sacrifice Zones & The Gates Foundation’s Avoidance of the Toughest Question

Here’s my toughest question for Bill and Malinda Gates: What are you doing to end school shootings in the United States? What is your plan – given your immense power and influence –  to create safe, humane learning environments for … Continue reading Schools as Sacrifice Zones & The Gates Foundation’s Avoidance of the Toughest Question

Dear Congress, you are being duped. HR4174-S2046 is a Privacy Fail. Here’s why. ( And please no more suspended rules and voice votes on these bills. )

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. I will say it again… When it comes to their own children, parents have little to no say in education matters. Parents are not invited to fancy conferences, we often aren’t even allowed to attend them. Parents don’t have … Continue reading Dear Congress, you are being duped. HR4174-S2046 is a Privacy Fail. Here’s why. ( And please no more suspended rules and voice votes on these bills. )

We Need to Talk About Our Philanthropy Problem

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Private foundations have long been used as tax-havens for the elite, but “philanthropy” has lately been retooled to serve a new function: the seeding of a new “social … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Our Philanthropy Problem

USDoE’s Digital Promise and Facebook Team Up for Student Data Badges while the Gates Funded Data Quality Campaign is Lobbying Congress to Weaken FERPA, Again.

Original Title: USDoE’s Digital Promise and Facebook team up for student databadges. And Gates funded DQC group is lobbying Congress to weaken FERPA, again. Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. Now, onto the mega announcement made today on Tom Vander Arks’ … Continue reading USDoE’s Digital Promise and Facebook Team Up for Student Data Badges while the Gates Funded Data Quality Campaign is Lobbying Congress to Weaken FERPA, Again.

Bill Gates’ Data Quality Campaign is Coming for Your Child’s Privacy – Again.

Original Title: Big Money Coming for Your Child’s Privacy – Again. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. In my fourth grade classroom, when there is something very important that I want all of my students hear … Continue reading Bill Gates’ Data Quality Campaign is Coming for Your Child’s Privacy – Again.

Is Summit Basecamp Bill Gates’ Latest Plan for Public Education?

So far, The Gates Foundation has given $300 million of support to promote and develop personalized learning – with more likely to come. Now the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is adding “99 percent of their Facebook shares—worth an estimated $45 billion” … Continue reading Is Summit Basecamp Bill Gates’ Latest Plan for Public Education?

Debunking the “Truthiness” of Bill Gates’ Glowing Review of Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Truthiness The quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts. Origin: Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report,” 2005 In spite of being handicapped by attending two outmoded, “factory style”  public schools, both my kids … Continue reading Debunking the “Truthiness” of Bill Gates’ Glowing Review of Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

On August 5th Alison McDowell was a guest on KEXP’s news program Mind Over Matters. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below ( be patient – it takes a little bit of time for the … Continue reading An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum