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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Automated Education + Chasing Skills + Debt = Social Control

from Wrench in the Gears
April 15, 2017

I posted the scenario below in November of 2015 as a Facebook note. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across a number of items having to do with skills, automation, and human capital management, so I thought I would pull it back out to share. Below are a couple of articles that caught my eye:

Article 1: New Tools Needed to Track Technology’s Impact on Jobs, Panel Says by Steve Lohr of the New York Times

Article 2: The EIDCC, The Experience Graph, and the Future of Human Capital by Shelly Blake-Plock of Yet Analytics

I’m a parent activist, not an educator or economist. But after reading and listening to a wide range of sources, I came up with the construct below. In the 18 months since I wrote it, many indicators seem to confirm this is where we are headed. I’d be interested in hearing your feedback and welcome comments explaining how this is all wrong.

Originally posted to Facebook November 2015:

Emily Talmage
noticed a connection between ed reformers, those funding CBE, and student loan financing. I was thinking about it today, and I think I see how it will play out. Follow the money. Who stands to gain?
1. Move to the idea of online credentialing. Call it standards-based skills mastery, etc. Get everyone on board with CBE.

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