Gates Foundation Funds Data Mining Project to Dumb Down Students
March 20, 2013
inBloom is a database funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that has been given permission by school board officials in several states such as Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Louisiana to use personal information on students in an effort to create a national database.
Student’s names, addresses, test scores, learning disabilities, attendance and disciplinary records will be uploaded into this $100 million database for use by private corporations contracted by individual school districts.
BMGF collaborated with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to develop this electronic portal. Federal grants have helped assist in the partnering of inBloom to begin categorizing and storing this personal data in October of this year.
inBloom will give city officials, educators, students and their families the ability to view student information to facilitate the production of teaching tools such as text books to tailor them to the specific needs of students.
Education officials claim that this data will not be sold to corporations, however it is an outright invasion of privacy and should this data be “compromised” there would be no recourse.
State officials contend that they already compile information to create student demographics and give corporations permission to review the data. inBloom is promised to be restricted to educational corporations that supply teaching materials for students.
inBloom would like to have specific data on every student; claiming that each one “is an individual, with unique knowledge, abilities and learning needs. But the technology used in most K-12 schools today can make providing personalized instruction time-consuming and cumbersome for teachers.”
The purpose of inBloom is to correctly adhere to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which “have set new goals for student learning” and require “effective tools and resources to ensure students meet those goals.”
They claim to work “on the behalf of the public good” while endeavoring to violate student’s rights to privacy by storing sensitive data on each student. The coercion between inBloom and state education departments have created a precedent beyond the reach of parents of students who want to opt-out of the initiative.
The CCSS is an initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. For the last two decades the accountability movement has held students under the thumb of test achievement that is used to demonstrate the CCSS that American citizens are expected to know to become successful in the workplace.
By tracking students, inBloom offers educators progress suggestions while school districts can assess each student’s ability to comply with cookie-cutter programs and adherence to national standards which supersede local parameters.
By monitoring students, inBloom can:
- Offer states and districts secure technology infrastructure to integrate data, services and applications that work together to support personalized learning
- Partner with education technology companies, content providers and developers to support the creation of products compatible with this infrastructure
- Work with states and districts to help them use this infrastructure to support educators and students
Technological providers have collaborated with inBloom to data mine students with the assistance of state education officials. Those involved include:
inBloom claims that in order to have “personalized education” student must submit to having their personal information stored by their corporation and given to education corporations that provide “curriculum content and tools”.
In 2011, The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) which connects states, districts, educators, philanthropic foundations and educational content providers to utilize technology.
The SLC “aims to accelerate the progress of U.S. public schools toward personalized learning by creating a set of shared technology services that will help existing and future instructional technology investments in states, districts and schools work better together.”
inBloom is “an independent, nonprofit organization” that was designed to carry out the vision of the SLC with funding from BMGF and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Under the CCSS, new standards of learning have been implemented with the expressed purpose of dumbing down the population. These include:
- Basic knowledge of the “classics” without a focus on reading comprehension
- Reinvention of writing skill to focus on keyboard and typing skills for college and career readiness
- Learning how to speak improperly by integrating slang and other alternative modes of communication
- Using media as a form of learning to train students to become dependent on mainstream media for their information while de-emphasizing personal research and independent thought
- Replacing cursive writing with courses on keyboard and focus on improving typing skills
- Replacing cognitive thought facilitated by mathematics with the broad belief system that illegitimates logic and reasoning
CCSS removes the necessity for teaching students about the Constitutional Republic we live in while replacing these facts with globalization as a benchmark of across-the-board learning between K-12.
National standards for learning have facilitated the systematic dumbing down of Americans while claiming to represent the highest policy for education. By redefining what the student needs in the coming employment temperament, children are trained to be workers who will contribute to the workforce rather than encourage independent thought which would be combative to creating a working slave society.
Globalization reinstitutes students to have more concern with events happening in other parts of the world, rather than pursuing the continuance of our Constitutional Republic.
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