The code of common core is cash.

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The code of common core is ca$h.

Let’s preface this with a statement that computers are the wave of the future and we should not be technophobes. This piece does not address the fear of radiation from all these devices near children all day long. We are simply discussing the path of money.

Children love technology. It engages them. But how much agendized screen time is acceptable to most parents? When parents cannot see what is being offered on the screen? Especially when the profits of buying the hardware for every child goes right back into the Gate$ pocket. Gates is not a fool. He knew just what he was doing to flood money back into his hands. He did not get to be in the top five richest in the world by not making cunningly wise choices to feed his own wealth.

Tech is important in today’s classroom. It is the wave of the future. But why has it replaced so much? They’ve cut art, music, and cursive. This is not making for a well rounded student or adult. This is the common core agenda. To pump out workers with one path. To commonize the American youth.

And what of the teacher? The teachers are losers in this equation as well. If a class can simply be taught by a guide on a screen, then teachers are fairly well obsolete. This is a prime opportunity for a young TFA five week trainee proctor to take over the classroom. Do we really believe that our best teachers are so replaceable? Because the Agenda sure does.

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/03/25/your-child-is-now-a-data-point-and-will-not-need-a-teacher-anymore/

And what of coding?

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2428466,00.asp

“And the American curriculum is being dumbed down, proven by declining test scores despite teaching for these tests. Kids can’t find Missouri on a map but these code folks are pushing for the schools to buy computers and tablets. Maybe that will help—help the computer companies’ bottom line, that is!”

And in comes Pearson. Of course, of course.

http://commoncore.pearsoned.com/index.cfm?locator=PS1n4y&elementType=news&elementId=220941

“Instead of offering standalone classes, they will integrate coding lessons throughout each subject.

Code.org is another organization committed to pushing for the growth of computer programming education. It’s supported by many well known figures including Bill Gates, Al Gore and Mark Zuckerberg.”

These are some products:
https://insidetheclassroomoutsidethebox.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/bridging-coding-and-common-core-with-tynker/

http://hourofcode.com/us

There are many more. All require heavy investments into expensive and soon to be obsolete technology. Oh right, in comes the Smart bond. Most families did not want this when they discovered it is basically a 30 year loan on a three year shelf life product that our grandchildren will be paying off. But like all else with common core, it was misrepresented and got voted in anyway, by the same people who refuse to end common core. It pays to read this piece in its entirety.

http://www.empirecenter.org/publications/new-yorks-school-bond-boondoggle/

Let’s discuss student privacy. If a student is on an electronic device all day, there are hundreds of data points being recorded. Privacy is eliminated. Here are some interesting concerns with common core data mining and the accompanying computer obsession.

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/education/learningcurve/day-life-data-mined-kid
“Education, like pretty much everything else in our lives these days, is driven by data.Our childrens’ data. A whole lot of it.

Nearly everything they do at school can be — and often is — recorded and tracked, and parents don’t always know what information is being collected, where it’s going, or how it’s being used.”

More on data mining, which is easy peasy when there’s a computer for every student monitoring their every move.

https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/tag/national-data-collection-model/

http://stopcommoncoreillinois.org/privacy-issues-data-collection-from-cradle-to-adulthood/

http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/themes/TheBlaze/mi.php?dest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theblaze.com%2Fstories%2F2013%2F03%2F27%2Findoctrination-and-data-mining-in-common-core-heres-why-americas-schools-may-be-in-more-trouble-than-you-think%2F

http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/05/education-no-its-about-data-mining/

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2014/11/14/obsession-with-testing-reduces-students-teachers-data-points/yXbTLKhTy55o0c76kDv2JL/story.html

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/18359-feds-building-massive-common-core-linked-databases-on-your-kids

https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/tag/data-mining/

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/privacy-invasiondata-mining/what-400-data-points/

And there’s the disturbing thought process that leads to attempting to choose a career for young children:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sLXf-V6qmDc&feature=youtu.be

And have you heard of biometrics? Fasten your seatbelts.

http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/gates-funds-functional-mris-for-school-children-to-measure-brain-activity/

“High Tech Biometric Bracelets to Be Worn by Teachers and Students
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has just granted Clemson University $498,055 to work with members of the Measuring Effective Teachers (MET) team to measure engagement physiologically with Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) bracelets. Students and teachers are to wear these devices to measure excitement, attention, anxiety, boredom or relaxation in order to measure teacher effectiveness.”

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/06/09/just-when-you-thought-it-couldnt-get-crazier/

More on biometrics:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/luisakroll/2012/06/13/gates-foundation-responds-to-gsr-bracelets-controversy/

“A relatively tiny donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has created quite a stir over the past several days. News broke that Clemson U. had late last year obtained a nearly half million dollar grant from the foundation to conduct a pilot study with Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) bracelets, wireless sensors that track physiological reactions, in schools. The idea supposedly was that children would wear these biometric bracelets in classrooms to measure their engagement. What made this grant even more polarizing was the notion that the bracelets were in fact tools that would evaluate teachers’ effectiveness.”

http://stopcommoncoreillinois.org/2013/07/23/biometric-mood-bracelets-to-be-used-in-chicago-classrooms-cps-stopcommoncore/

http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/news/health-local-news-localnews1-local_features-news-news_education-news_education-schools/152123699/Biometrics-device-gets-trial-at-Steele

http://www.independentsentinel.com/new-low-reached-common-core-is-big-brother/

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What is your level of comfort with bracelets, eye scanning, and computerized lessons, especially in lieu of the arts? Profits abound for the creators of common core like Pearson and Gates. What is the cost for the student? For the American family? For the teacher? There are discussions here that need to be had by the public, while not influenced by corporations.
Refusing data harvesting and tests are the only ways we have to send a message right now that we aim to preserve our privacy and rights. Let’s keep the conversation going.