Skip to comments.The Student Data-Mining Scandal Under Our Noses
Posted on 04/15/2018 7:53:52 AM PDT by PapaBear3625
While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon ValleyBeltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren.
It doesn’t take undercover investigative journalists to unmask the massive privacy invasion enabled by educational technology and federal mandates. The kiddie data heist is happening out in the open — with Washington politicians and bureaucrats as brazen co-conspirators.
Under the guise of customizable assessments, public and private preschools in Colorado experimented with toddlers whose student activities and social/emotional behaviors were tracked using the TS Gold (Teaching Strategies Gold) system — funded with $30 million in Race to the Top subsidies under the Obama administration.
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Ultimately, it will be possible to provide a service to corporate HR departments, to provide a profile of prospective employees. As it is, it is becoming routine for HR to request your social media IDs as part of the interview process. How difficult would it be to run the IDs through an AI service to scan postings and come up with a profile which would include "signs of racism/sexism/homophobism/Islamophobism"?
“...allow them to cripple his education, and his life, from an early age.”
Or, more likely, get him into “special education” to get his mind right.
This is the real problem with Common Core and the ACA.
Actually, along with the data mining, CC is also designed to turn the kids into mind-numbed robots who act, think, and talk they way the state wants them to.
Glad you are pointing this out. Alarmingly few seem to realize this (or care?).
Big Brother preying on our children.
Will the info be used to sniff out kids with an interest in “transgenderism” and to give them ads for dickchopper doctors?
And how is that any different from the education and health (think behavior control substances prescribed by TEACHERS) of ALL students?
My comment applies to government schooled victims.
In educational utopia, the data collection is innocent enough. Or it is presented to educators as an attempt to be able to see strengths and weaknesses in a student’s development and to be able to target weak areas for improvement.
Why is there a need for data collection of preschoolers? Politicians. Politicians want to know that their expenditures are worthy. So data is collected at every level. So much data is collected that it is insane. A teacher’s aide who barely makes minimum wage is required to collect data on preschoolers. The teacher also is required to collect data. They think that if there is a big discrepancy between what the teacher puts into the system and what the aide puts into the system, then there might be a problem with one of the data collectors. The data consists of personal observations input into the system and/or video of children interacting or completing a task. Or pictures. Anywho, the aide or teacher then rates where they think that child is performing on a development scale. The categories are things like social/emotional development, physical development, cognitive development, etc. They are broken down into smaller categories and are highly detailed. The data is only as good as the one putting the data into the system.
These data systems can be useful tools. In the wrong hands, they can be used for much evil.
Get into bed with the devil, and don’t complain when you get royally screwed.
The social media, ISP’s, and every other data mining scheme out there are not going to stop. There’s too much money to be made, and a government that’s gunning for a stasi-style total surveillance state.
The government isn’t going to do anything about it, because they are the largest customer for all of that information.
I remember a university (CMU I think)-sponsored and implemented study in maybe 1999 that asked many family-specific questions of pubic school K-8 students. Questions about guns, alcohol, drugs, disciplining, religion etc., which our local pubic school teachers gladly administered.
Most parents are blissfully unaware of the data mining of their children going on in their pubic schools, much of it about the parents lifestyle, and they should be totally pissed about it.
Working along a parallel path, Amanda Friesen, a political scientist at Indiana University, and Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, a graduate student in political science at Rice University, concluded from their study comparing identical and fraternal twins that the correlation between religious importance and conservatism is driven primarily, but usually not exclusively, by genetic factors. The substantial genetic component in these relationships suggests that there may be a common underlying predisposition that leads individuals to adopt conservative bedrock social principles and political ideologies while simultaneously feeling the need for religious experiences.
funded with $30 million in Race to the Top subsidies under the **Obama administration**.
Didn’t he say profiling was a bad thing his BS grinder never stops.
And all the idiots paying to give away their DNA to find their ancestry. Arghhh. Probably all Facebook users.
This is a pilot program. It will extend into high school and beyond. Your kids will do essays, which will be submitted into the system. The essays will be analyzed by AI systems, which (besides the "official" education-related analysis for things like grammar and checking for plagiary) will deduce much about what's in the kid's head.
You completely don’t understand what’s in the CC or how it works. Conservatives everywhere should be championing the hell out of the Common Core because it does exactly the opposite of what you claim it does.
Obama certainly had a lot of money to pass around to jurisdictions that went along with his fundamentally-change-America plans. Two of them are Common Core and the PROMISE program. Somehow Trump cant get money for a wall to protect America from invaders.
Oh good grief!
I wish them good luck.
We parents have been trying to get them to A, T and T the way WE want them to for CENTURIES!
Choosy 'mothers' and mass murderers have already killed off 25% of them before they ever get born anyway.
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