Popular Resistance Classrooms Not Computers National Teach-in https://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/EPSABDST2VZ3OVVI
Decades of empirical research that shows how increased uses of screens and computer-based learning are actually harming students social, emotional, and physical development go ignored or silenced because of the profit motive and control by big private interests.
Teachers are no longer a necessity. Face to face interactions are replaced by algorithms and avatars.
Students become products: Student data drives the philanthropic investments of billionaire companies like Goldman Sachs, who “invest” in social programs (SIBs), and use student data to determine success of these programs. Student data is also used to drive the prison industrial complex, the healthcare industry, and make determinations about the global market.
Students as customer: These corporations use student private information and data to drive profits, marketing, and surveillance of “customer” (student) interests.
Because they have contracted with the schools, these corporations because authorized as Local Education Authorities (LEAs). FERPA has been loosened so much in recent years it allows outside entities to have access to student private information. Because of this, without parents (or even teachers) knowing it, student data and private information is funneled into the ...
The public tax dollars that used to pay teachers and local agencies to provide these materials and services is now being funneled through schools into the hands of private interests.
These corporations spend billions of dollars lobbying state and federal legislators to revise education practices that will require the purchase of their products and services.
Corporations use appealing language like “personalized learning” or “anywhere/anytime learning” to market their products and services so that parents and teachers.
It was bad enough when children were treated as the consumers of technological products for profit and private interests. Now, they are the product being consumed for profit and private interests. Data mining in the guise of educational technology leads to control, surveillance, and colonization of the public by private profiteering interests.