"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Monday, March 26, 2018

North Dakota Becomes Ground Zero for Corporate Dismemberment of Schools

And thus begins the truly dystopian implementation of a "schooling" plan for children, whereby kids become collections of longitudinal data points in a massive corporate experiment, rather than interacting human organisms learning within democratic institutions.  Not only will these kids experience the isolation and bad health effects of massive screen time, but learning relationships with teachers and classmates will be exchanged for a chance to become guinea pigs for Silicon Valley developers of learning algorithms aimed to predict and control behavior, while offering an alienating, corporate-centered education wherein big data companies monitor, collect, archive, and sell children's information, which will follow them into adulthood as they become job seekers in the gig economy without careers but, rather, work gigs. 

This crackpot scheme is the current dream of corporatists and anti-democrats who view public education as dangerous for its potential to create caring citizens, rather than corporate fodder. 

This Silicon Valley snake oil salesman talks in oxymoronic circles about "mass customized education," i. e., everyone tied to a screen.  And he openly admits to experimenting on children.

via ytCropper

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