Yesterday, I spent several hours at the Shared Learning Collaborative “camp” held in midtown, where the Gates Foundation people invited teachers and developers to brainstorm new “learning apps” to take advantage of all the confidential student data that they will be “holding” in their “data bank”. (See our press conference, media coverage, and videos, during which we released a letter to the State Attorney General and the Regents, protesting the unprecedented agreement of NYC and NY State to provide confidential teacher and student data to this data bank without parental consent. Four other districts and states, including Illinois, Massachusetts, and Colorado are also participating in this project, and Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana have agreed to follow soon.)
The Gates Foundation identifies their role as “facilitating” the transfer of this data to commercial developers so they can invent learning products aligned with the Common Core; to aid in encouraging “efficiency” in “addressing the individual learning needs of students.”
Here is what he started drawing, under my direction, in terms of a parent “app”:
Gates Foundation folks: please correct or clarify the above account, if I have gotten anything wrong. Techies who may be reading this, can you explain in clear simple language why commercial developers need children's confidential information to design these "learning tools," unless they intend to bypass the classroom altogether to market their products directly to parents?