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Stop Corporate Surveillance In Schools: A Movement Supporting People-Powered Classrooms (Webinars 9/11& 12/28 )

Exciting news and updates! Classrooms, Not Computers has found a new title for its campaign: Stop Corporate Surveillance in Schools: A Movement Supporting People-Powered Classrooms Without Corporate Data Mined Students.  Our mission is the same—to build a community-based movement to … Continue reading Stop Corporate Surveillance In Schools: A Movement Supporting People-Powered Classrooms (Webinars 9/11& 12/28 )

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How Much Are Your Volunteer Hours Worth? Social Capital Scrip & the Financial-Tech Experiments with New Forms of Precarious Employment

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Original Title: “Social capital” scrip? Fin-tech experiments with new forms of precarious “employment If you consider most activities are awarded 200 points, the per-hour rate of compensation is at most $2 (presuming the … Continue reading How Much Are Your Volunteer Hours Worth? Social Capital Scrip & the Financial-Tech Experiments with New Forms of Precarious Employment

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Manufacturing Consent: How to Engineer an Education Activist

If social media platforms can predict your behavior, advocacy groups can buy access to it. They also have the power to manipulate your actions – and good intentions –  to serve their own agenda. Customer tracking, discriminatory pricing (think airlines), … Continue reading Manufacturing Consent: How to Engineer an Education Activist

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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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Why Turning Our Schools into a Workforce Development Pipeline is Bad for Democracy

Being a worker means taking orders, citizenship means being an independent thinker. The two aren’t compatible. One demands obedience, the other autonomy. Here’s an uncomfortable truth we must face as a society: the workplace isn’t a democracy. Never has been, … Continue reading Why Turning Our Schools into a Workforce Development Pipeline is Bad for Democracy

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Do You Believe a Universal Basic Income will Save Society? Think again.

I can’t help but get a bad feeling whenever a universal basic income is pitched as the next big thing that will fix poverty. Having paid attention to ed-reform, I’ve heard all of this before. Wasn’t No Child Left Behind … Continue reading Do You Believe a Universal Basic Income will Save Society? Think again.

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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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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?