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Breaking laws or breaking children? A list of data and the laws.

Breaking laws or breaking children? A list of data and the laws.

  Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker     Are secret algorithms and mandated data collection violating basic human rights and existing law?  A list of each: data and law. The data: Secret data collecting and predictive algorithms happening to school children here. Data badges, micro-credentials here. Children being (mis)labeled in schools, how every state has an […]

Pick Me! Pick Me! I Want My Child to *OPT IN*.

Pick Me! Pick Me! I Want My Child to *OPT IN*.

  Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue   Educational reform must include the move from passive permission for student testing/data mining to active permission being required from parents before testing/data tracking of students.  Parents must have the legal right to excuse their students from being subjected to unvalidated testing and unknown entities receiving personally identifiable […]

Sorting Coloradoans like shoes: “by size, shape, and color.” Pilot starts in Denver Public Schools

Sorting Coloradoans like shoes: “by size, shape, and color.” Pilot starts in Denver Public Schools

Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker   (The sorting people like shoes thing, yep, that’s part of a quote. Scroll down to see the whole thing.) Workforce pathways and digital workforce credentials are all the rage. If you haven’t heard, the state of Colorado is the first in the nation to launch an initiative (don’t worry your state will […]

Lt. Governor Forest: Charter School Myths vs Facts [VIDEO] – #NCed

Lt. Governor Forest: Charter School Myths vs Facts [VIDEO] – #NCed

  Lady Liberty 1185 by A. P. Dillon Another great video from Lt. Governor Dan Forest! This one is on charter schools. I’m very glad he did this one, and he rightly addresses the assault on charter schools as coming from those defending the status quo. I’ve said this same thing many times. There is […]

An Article on Personal Behavioral Tracking You Wish was from The Onion. Employees are *Nudged* to Acceptable Behavior.

An Article on Personal Behavioral Tracking You Wish was from The Onion. Employees are *Nudged* to Acceptable Behavior.

  Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue     Will tracking of workers’ office behaviors in a Canadian consulting firm be coming to your workplace?  From How new data-collection technology might change office culture: Imagine a tiny microphone embedded in the ID badge dangling from the lanyard around your neck. The mic is gauging the […]

Common Core math hilariously explained in under two minutes – this was helpful!

Common Core math hilariously explained in under two minutes – this was helpful!

    BizPac Review by Michael Dorstewitz   Ohio mom Melissa Strzala posted a video on her Facebook page that will leave you laughing while giving you the understanding that the only people who benefit from Common Core math are the textbook publishers. After taking a tutorial on the subject at her local library, she […]

The High Cost of Low Quality Teachers

The High Cost of Low Quality Teachers

    Missouri Education Watchdog by Anne Gassel Missouri, like many states, is facing a teacher shortage. Before you run out to get a degree because you love teaching those little kiddies, know that we have a glut of K-6 teachers. What this means is that most people are only comfortable teaching what they learned […]

Hidden computer algorithms in schools: Personalized Learning #RobotTeaching

Hidden computer algorithms in schools: Personalized Learning #RobotTeaching

  Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker b Your internet searches say a lot about you (or your children) and it might not be all good, or even accurate. The information collected by hidden algorithms is not limited to what you search for, it’s everything you do on the computer:  what you type, how fast you type, […]

John King of USDOEd Announces Guidance to States to Help Reduce Testing

John King of USDOEd Announces Guidance to States to Help Reduce Testing

  Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue Parents and teachers concerns about excessive testing are now assuaged! Acting USDOEd Secretary John King wants to assure you that only tests should be used that measure writing, problem-solving and critical thinking. He needs this to happen in all state and communities…and working together (he knows) we can […]

How Much Money is the Federal Government ‘Giving’ Your State for Federal Control of Education? You Might Be Surprised.

How Much Money is the Federal Government ‘Giving’ Your State for Federal Control of Education? You Might Be Surprised.

    Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue Historian Forrest McDonald in 1999 Questions were asked at a recent conference of education ‘de-form’ activists (those researchers not receiving Bill Gates et al funding): What percentage of your state’s total education revenue comes from federal sources? Should the federal government have power over state agencies and […]

OU professor: Youths’ attraction to Sanders shows education failure

OU professor: Youths’ attraction to Sanders shows education failure

  Referencing Venezuela’s failed social engineering policies and the collapse of Russia, David Deming, associate professor of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma-Norman wrote an op-ed this weekend stating that the attraction of the nation’s millennials to Bernie Sanders is the result of “our failure to educate them.” News OK by David Deming […]

Technology may actually be harmful to students

Technology may actually be harmful to students

    Missouri Education Watchdog by Anne Gassel It may come as no surprise that the millennial generation is the most avid users of digital technology. Though only 29% of the population, they account for 41% of the national use of smart phones. They use some digital device from the moment they wake up until […]

When Test Scores Are Meaningless Why Subject Your Child to the Test? It’s the “Why are Fire Trucks Red” Illustration.

When Test Scores Are Meaningless Why Subject Your Child to the Test? It’s the “Why are Fire Trucks Red” Illustration.

  Missouri Education Watchdog by Gretchen Logue     Common sense and the rule of law long ago flew out the window when the Common Core State Standards Initiative was adopted before the standards were written and implemented in school districts without the knowledge of the taxpayers who paying were for these mandates.  The transformation […]

“Allah is the only god; Mohammad is his prophet”, lessons for our public schools

“Allah is the only god; Mohammad is his prophet”, lessons for our public schools

  Independent Sentinel by S. Noble     A public high school has been accused of radical Islamic indoctrination by forcing children to profess the Muslim statement of faith, ordering them to memorize the Five Pillars of Islam and teaching that the faith of a Muslim is stronger than the average Christian, according to a […]

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