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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

Gambling With Our Futures: Big Data, Global Finance and Digital Life

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  Through predatory public-private partnerships, global financiers are in the process of digitizing not only our education system, but many other aspects of public service delivery. This 10-minute video provides an overview of “Pay … Continue reading Gambling With Our Futures: Big Data, Global Finance and Digital Life

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. )

Congress Suspending the Rules to Rush through Bill for National Citizen Data System: HR4174.

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have companion FEPA bills (HR4174 and S2046: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act) that will create a national student data warehouse. Parents will not be able to opt … Continue reading Congress Suspending the Rules to Rush through Bill for National Citizen Data System: HR4174.

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.

One Parent’s Experience with Basecamp, Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Original Title: Tech for Good and Not-So-Good. Reposted with permission from Real Chicago Mama. Recently, I was asked about my experience as a parent with Summit PLP . This post is an attempt to capture the extent that I engaged … Continue reading One Parent’s Experience with Basecamp, Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform

Reprinted with permission from Leonie Haimson, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. Anyone that has not dealt with this program first hand as a teacher, parent, student or observer really needs to make an unannounced visit to one of … Continue reading Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Releases Study on Student Data Privacy… or lack thereof

Originally posted on the EFF website: EFF Releases Spying on Students Ed Tech Report EFF Survey Reveals Gaps in Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students Using School-Issued Devices and Cloud Apps “They are collecting and storing data to be used … Continue reading Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Releases Study on Student Data Privacy… or lack thereof

Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

  How far are we from the day we’ll be forced to rely on online education modules to inspire and excite the minds of young people; where badge collections replace diplomas; and virtual reality games substitute for Friday night dances, … Continue reading Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State

From Truth in American Education: Washington State GOP Supports Student Privacy, Opposes Common Core The Washington State Republicans passed a student privacy resolution at their recent state convention last month in Pasco, WA.  They also passed language opposing Common Core into … Continue reading Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State