Ed Tech and Social Engineering: Present Tense

Original post at https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/09/13/our-future-as-social-machines/ from Alison McDowell This spring I visited Boston for an education conference, and while there I spent an afternoon exploring MIT and Harvard with a friend. I wanted to see with my own eyes the spaces where these destructive policies of social impact investing (Harvard) and digital economics and Human-Computer Interaction (MIT) ...

News from Tennessee: TNSB 2029

News from Tennessee: TNSB 2029
The following report comes to is from Karen Bracken in TN. We encourage people in various states to learn from one another what is being and what CAN be done. A NEW BILL IN TENNESSEE: TNSB 2029 (links to the Bill are available at the bottom of this post) The bill sponsors and education committee ...

How Competency-based Education Connects to Corporate Colonization

chart created by Morna McDermott

Webinar: Stop Corporate Surveillance In Schools

Classrooms, Not Computers has found a new title for its campaign — Stop Corporate Surveillance in Schools: A Movement Supporting People-Powered Classrooms Without Corporate Data Mined Students. SCSS will be holding its second webinar on Sept 11 from 8:00-9:00 pm Eastern/5:00-6:00 pm Pacific.  Register here: https://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/EPSABDST2VZ3OVVI Our goal in this webinar is twofold. First, we will provide ...

Building a Movement, Community by Community

  Classrooms, Not Computers has found a new title for its campaign – Stop Corporate Surveillance in Schools: A Movement Supporting People-Powered Classrooms Without Corporate Data Mined Students. Our mission is the same – to build a community-based movement to dismantle the corporate-driven policies and practices in schools that lead to violations of student privacy, ...

Webinar Recording and Campaign Updates 1

Webinar Recording and Campaign Updates
  The Classrooms, Not Computers Campaign had an amazing first webinar. Alison McDowell (www.wrenchinthegears) took attendees through a one-and-a-half hour in depth discussion about how education corporations are pushing computer-based learning on students and data mining while crowding out classroom-based instruction. We explored how governmental and private interests are pushing for more technology driven solutions to ...

Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism and Education Policy

Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism and Education Policy
As this article Harpers from 1997 clearly describes, “Scratch the surface of information and biotech revolutions ….and what one discovers underneath is a ‘control revolution’….a massive transfer of power from beauracries to individuals and corporations. In an unregulated control revolution free markets and consumer choice become even more dominant forces and in virtually every arena social regulation gives ...

Are You Sure It Won’t Happen Here? (news from China)

(China is monitoring the brain activity of employees in its state-run firms. The technology works by placing wireless sensors in workers’ hats that when combined with AI can spot workplace anxiety or depression. Pictured is a version installed in the cap visors of train drivers Pic courtesy. ) While many would agree this report from ...