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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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Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Digital currency payments validated with biometric information like iris scans have been prototyped using refugee populations over the past few years (see the featured image). While the technology that undergirds it is complex, programmers are … Continue reading Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

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Minding Our Health: The Nudge, Part Two

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The topic of the hearing was reducing healthcare expenditures on chronic illness, which they claimed would amount of hundreds of billions of dollars in “savings.” Given the amount of money on the table, … Continue reading Minding Our Health: The Nudge, Part Two

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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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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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From Math to Marksmanship: Military Ties to Gamified Assessments

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. There is a difference between education and training. There is a difference between knowing just enough to carry out orders without questioning the chain of command and knowing enough to participate in civic … Continue reading From Math to Marksmanship: Military Ties to Gamified Assessments

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Test Scores and Child Hunger: The Cold Calculus of Pay for Success Predators

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Through outsourcing and the imposition of hard metrics, “what works” lobbyists intend to push the poor, and those teetering on the brink of poverty, into an abyss of impact-driven digital slavery. They’ll pull … Continue reading Test Scores and Child Hunger: The Cold Calculus of Pay for Success Predators

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Heckman and Pritzker Pitch Apps as Poverty “Solutions” Yielding a 13% Return on Investment

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. If you have time to watch the entire hour, I encourage you to listen as these two men discuss their plans to create tools that will measure non-cognitive skills in service of outcomes-based contracts … Continue reading Heckman and Pritzker Pitch Apps as Poverty “Solutions” Yielding a 13% Return on Investment

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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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Pre-K Profit: ReadyNation Hosts Global Business Leaders in New York City this November

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The rise of pay for success, social impact bonds, development impact bonds, and outcomes-based contracting will usher in privatization of vast new areas of public services, including education and training at all levels from infants … Continue reading Pre-K Profit: ReadyNation Hosts Global Business Leaders in New York City this November

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Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. If the history of public schools in America is the history of labor production and preparation (i.e. 19th c factory model schools for a factory society) it holds true that we are now trying to create gig-driven … Continue reading Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy