“With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm.” 1984, Part 1, Chapter 3, pg. 33
Yahoo reports that the Common Core biometric classroom of the future is just about here. Students’ every movement will be tracked!
Engineers (social engineers?) are working on an Orwellian technology for teachers – the biometric classroom. It will ‘track student’s eye movements, monitor their conversations and even measure their smiles.
According to Yahoo, SensorStar Labs co-founder and engineer, Sean Montgomery, thinks it will help teacher’s improve classroom learning. EngageSense, as it is called, uses webcams to gather biometric inputs. The raw data is then transformed into usable data for teachers.
Many schools are already finger printing and palm printing.
The Common Core philosophy is a well-thought-out combination of Skinner’s Pavlov dog behaviorism and psycho-babble, all brought together to computerize the little humans in the classroom.
Scanners and sensors will analyze student’s facial expressions and moods so they can then use the information to develop “affective computing” methods. They will keep the data on each child.
The sensory-detection equipment will take the form of wrist bands, posture seats and eye trackers. They even have mood meters. That shouldn’t make the children self-conscious or paranoid as they are being mined for data by machines.
The data will determine if children are bored or frustrated so teaching and learning methods can be adapted to the children’s moods.
Any good teacher does this without the need for equipment.
Common Core is based on the cynical idea that teachers are not up to the task and need to become government wind-up dolls.
Common Core seeks to standardize learning in a one-size-fits-all model. It is far more socialistic than anything we have been used to.
Children are to be taught from an early age to become active participants in the industrial government and will no longer be “property” of their parents.
I understand that the school system is based on a socialist model but how socialist do we want to go? Are we all part of the collective now?
Go to the blaze for a summary of the equipment they plan to use to mine data on children.
Of course there is no privacy after this and the information collected will follow your child throughout his/her life.
Stop Common Core in Illinois reported that the tracking doesn’t even work though it costs tens of millions of dollars. ‘After spending $33 million on interactive screens, laptops and high-end software, a school district in Arizona saw no improvement in test scores as the rest of the state’s scores rose.’
Glen Beck played audio from a 2009 National Conference of State Legislators on his radio show several months back. In the audio, Bill Gates, a funder and moving force behind common core, spells out his objective.
GATES: Fortunately, the state-led Common Core State Standards Initiative is developing clear, rigorous common standards that match the best in the world. Last month, 46 Governors and Chief State School Officers made a public commitment to embrace these common standards.
This is encouraging—but identifying common standards is not enough. We’ll know we’ve succeeded when the curriculum and the tests are aligned to these standards.
Gates doesn’t care that he’s violating the Constitution and essentially nationalizing education. Quite the contrary. He’s eager to do it.
GATES: — to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.
GATES: For the first time, there will be a large uniform base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better.
Children and teachers are customers. Children will be raised to be customers. Gates is looking to unleash market forces – children.
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