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Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin

 

How Data Mining Your Children’s Behavior Is Changing the Face of Texas Education
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  April 25, 2017    Texas Insider                Education Views

If cutting edge education technologies can enhance student learning, why do so many Silicon Valley executives at Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Google, and Yahoo send their children to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula that bans computer technology in the classrooms?

Why did Steve Jobs famously refuse to allow his children to use iPads and other “screen-time” technologies?

Is the real purpose of promoting personalized learning – computerized learning – really about accumulating massive amounts of data that can be used for a centrally planned economy?

Tracking of students was done during the Bush administration with states being urged to accept federal funding “unique statewide identifiers” for each student. Federal grants were awarded to develop the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS).

During the Obama administration monitoring and tracking of students went into overdrive as cash-strapped states were coerced to monitor and track student information or to expand existing systems. Massive bribes were awarded to states from the $50 billion stimulus package if they agreed to adopt Common Core and to expand their data tracking.  

With data collected from pre-K through the workforce years (P-20), the SLDS allows workforce data to be matched with P-20 data, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Workforce Data Quality Initiative.”

Cradle to Grave Data Collection  

All collected data must be shared with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and other entities within and outside the federal government.  

Corporations and nonprofits are feeding at the $8 billion student assessment trough. They access and analyze the data, devise recommendations on how to “remediate” the students’ weaknesses, and then sell that information back to the school districts at a profit.   

Private contractors have access because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was gutted in 2012 without Congressional approval by the Obama administration. In spite of outrage by the public as well as some lawmakers, access to student private information without parental approval continues.  

In 2013 USED hosted a conference -- Datapalooza -- to explore the implementation of Common Core via digital learning.  An EdTech CEO boasted, “We are collecting billions of records of data…pulling data from everywhere…tens of thousands of places.”

He claimed the data will help students develop the 21st century workforce skills that Big Government and Big Business have determined they will need.

He said these 21st century skills are being promoted in the classroom through Common Core: “Common Core is the glue that ties everything together.”  Even though Texas did not adopt Common Core, it is found in schools throughout Texas.  Common Core processes are even in the Texas Math Curriculum Standards and the SBOE refuses to remove them.

Over 400 data points are being collected, according to the federal National Center for Education Statistics.

A USDE document offers guidance for SLDS with a list of “Personally Identifiable Information (PII): name, parents’ names, address, Social Security number, date and place of birth, and mother’s maiden name. Other data can include:

•    Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or parent;
•    Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
•    Sex behavior or attitudes;
•    Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior;
•    Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
•    Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians,
and ministers;
•    Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; or
•    Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program
or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

Many parents are unaware their children are being tested for social and emotional learning (SEL).  SEL, now the primary focus of education, rather than academics, is embedded in the unconstitutional 2015 federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind -- Every Student Succeeds Act.
 
Who determines how to measure social and emotional learning?  What is being done with the information?

A 2013 report by the USDE, “Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance:  Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century,” calls for public schools to cultivate “non-cognitive factors in students including “attributes, dispositions, social skills, attitudes” that are “independent of intellectual ability.”

Grit is included in Common Core Standards which means it will be tested.  

Data mining is being done with biometric devices such as the wireless skin conductance sensor strapped to students’ wrists to measure blood volume and pulse and check out student frustration.

Biometrics can include DNA; fingerprints; face, hand and ear features; voice recordings; iris scans; gait; typing rhythm; and gestures.  Iris scans and fingerprints are quite useful for tracking purposes -- a treasure trove for a government wishing to track its people 24/7.

Several states do not allow collection of student biometric information. However, nothing bans the use of children’s DNA, fingerprints, heart rate, or iris scans.

Data mining is being done during digital learning through a student learning database that stores time-stamped student input and behaviors captured as students work.

From Capitalist to Socialist Nation

The mission to change America from a free enterprise economic system to a socialist/collectivist society can be found as far back as 1934 in the Carnegie Corporation funded study, Conclusions and Recommendations of the Commission on the Social Studies by the American Historical Association. The authors noted that profound changes in the attitudes and outlook of the American people would be required. To accomplish this, Social Studies would be used to indoctrinate students.   

Rather than academics, American public education is now indoctrination to change student values, beliefs, and behavior for a collectivist society with a government planned workforce.  The vast majority of American children will be narrowly trained for specified jobs with traditional education and college reserved for only a very small group of elite students.

Progress in the changing of student attitudes and values must be measured.  Students who do not comply must be “remediated.”  Without data mining, how else can progress be measured and students remediated for workforce training?

Since the 19th century, the Supreme Court has affirmed parental rights. Already the public is deeply angered with the bullying by Progressive educators and weary with paying for schools that don’t deliver the bacon.

If the purpose of public education is simply to train a workforce for a socialist government, then it’s time for parents to stop funding public education.

Will Texas State Board of Education Strip Common Core from Children’s Math Standards?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  April 12, 2017  Texas Insider

For several years, Texas parents have been in a rage because Common Core is being found in their children’s classroom materials and on STAAR Tests, despite Texas law saying that is “illegal”. On April 18th, the Texas State Board of Education will finally consider an amendment to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) Standards to remove the illegal Common Core-compliant mathematic process skills.  

Parents Are Protesting Data Mining of Their Children’s Highly Personal Information
By Carole Hornsby Haynes | March 22, 2017   Texas Insider  Education Views

Across the nation parents are protesting the data mining of their children’s highly personal information. As the collection of educational data on students has increased across the K-12 sector, so has concern about who has access to that data and how to best shield it.  Many lawmakers in dozens of states have stepped forward with bills to protect the privacy and security of sensitive student information.  

Will Lawmakers Pass Soviet-Style Education as New Mission for Texas Schools?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |   March 20, 2017 Texas Insider     Education Views

A bill recently filed for the Texas 85th legislative session, HB 136, proposes to add a new mission to the Texas Education Code:

  • OBJECTIVE 11:  The State Board of Education, the agency, and the commissioner shall assist school districts  and charter schools in providing career and technology education and effective workforce training opportunities to students.

This bill, if passed, will dramatically transform the primary purpose of Texas public education from academic learning to workforce training for the supplying of workers for businesses. Education will no longer be focused on providing a well-rounded education so the individual can adapt to the inevitable changes in the workplace. 

Will Texas Lawmakers Adopt Common Core Student Assessments?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | March 1, 2017  Texas Insider

The 84th Texas Legislature House Bill 2804 created the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability (NGAA) to prepare recommendations for statutory changes for the student assessment and public school accountability programs.  An analysis finds that if these recommendations are implemented, Texas curriculum standards will be Common Core-compliant, placing Texas on the road to National Assessments.   

Classroom Technology: Research Increasingly Shows No Measureable Improvement
By Carole Hornsby Haynes  |  February 20, 2017  Texas Insider

In 1996 the Telecommunications Act was enacted to provide subsidies for schools to access broadband service through the Schools and Libraries program, also known as the E-rate program.  After spending more than $40 billion of taxpayers’ money, the program is just another big government fiasco.

American K-12 education is spending nearly $5 billion annually on technology, while cutting budgets and laying off teachers.  Even though school reformers want to believe that digitized learning has the potential to revolutionize education, research is piling up that technology does not lead to measureable improvements in student achievement, but rather is depressing it.  

Are Texas Lawmakers Funding ‘Digital Heroin’ for School Children?   
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.    February 13, 2017    Texas Insider

The Texas House Committee on Public Education wants to utilize high-tech digital learning to improve student achievement and fulfill future workforce demands. The popular notion is that students need computer time to compete in the 21st century.

Yet at the epicenter of the technology industry some parents hold a contrarian viewpoint, choosing instead to send their children to schools that have no computers at all and some even frown on home computers.   

Texas State Board of Education Turns Back Common Core Effort, Stands Firm on English Standards
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  February 8, 2017  Texas Insider

For the past tumultuous year and a half, the Texas English language arts and reading (ELAR) curriculum standards (TEKS) have been under review – actually rewritten rather than reviewed as the panel was instructed.

A small faction attempted to hijack the current standards approved in 2008 by eliminating the literary/historical content to create new standards that are Common Core-compliant and suitable for Common Core-aligned tests.

Common Core Faction Tries to Take Over Texas’ English Standards
By Carole Hornsby Haynes  | January 30, 2017   Texas Insider

It seems that Texas is an ongoing battle ground for K-12 standards reviews.  We’re still in a war to get the Common Core process standards stripped out of the math standards  adopted in 2012.  Now the English standards review seems headed for a shootout at this week’s State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting.

Is There A Solution to the STAAR Problem?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  January 26, 2017  Texas Insider

Recently Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac, vice chair of the Texas Conservative Coalition & State Representative from House Dist. 45, told Texas Insider Jim Cardle that teachers are spending 46 days of the school year preparing their students to take the STAAR test.

What the Senate Should Ask Trump's Pick for Education Chief
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  January 16, 2017   Education Views    

President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings on January 17.  While Democrats greatly fear what she might do to reduce their tyrannical control over public education, conservatives also are deeply concerned about where she stands on various issues.

Staunch Common Core Supporter Is Top Contender for U.S. Education #1 Deputy
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  |  January 16, 2017  Education Views

Getting rid of Common Core and supporting school choice were both campaign promises of President-Elect Donald Trump.  So it's a mystery why Allan B. Hubbard, director of the National Economic Council under President George W. Bush and executive director of the President’s Council on Competitiveness and deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, is reported by Education Next to be a top contender to serve as Betsy DeVos’ #1 deputy should she be confirmed.

Common Core Math in Texas: Texas Math Scores Drop Worst in U.S., Says Expert
By Carole Hornsby Haynes   Part 5 of the Series: “The results in Grade 8 are virtually catastrophic.”
January 11, 2016      Texas Insider

During the 2012 Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) math curriculum standards review, Dr. James Milgram, a member of Common Core’s Validation Committee and the only content expert in mathematics for the standards, reviewed both the first and second Texas drafts.  He publicly declared that the second draft showed every indication of being among the best, if not the best, state math standards in the country.

However, the final draft was dramatically altered in the final version that Milgram received from the TEA. A Common Core format had been added and pure math content reduced.

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