The Associated Press reports that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg will team up for an education initiative focused on kids who have trouble learning.
What could possibly go wrong?
The AP’s Sally Ho writes:
Tech moguls Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday they will team up to help develop new methods for kids with trouble learning — an effort that will include dabbling into child brain science.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative intend to explore a number of potential pilot projects.
They’ll focus on math, writing and brain functions — key areas of classroom learning that they note are crucial for academic success.
The effort is now seeking information and ideas from across sectors, from education and academia to business, technology and medicine. Future investments based on that information are expected, but no dollar amount has been set.
The idea that disadvantaged children struggle to learn because of poor executive brain function involving memory, thinking flexibility, and behavioral issues related to autism and other attention disorders has long been lamented by social workers and health advocates.
Yes, exactly what we want to see, tech moguls exploring child brain science and collecting “information” ie. data to determine future investments.
They say technology won’t be the primary focus, but they recognize the role it will play. What role? How much screen time will this require?
So what kind of experimentation will need to happen for them to know if their ideas will work? How much data mining will it require? How will this then be foisted on public schools?
If their ideas trickle down into local schools will parents be made aware or will the kids be subject to experimentation similar to what Pearson recently did with college students?
What independent group will validate the results or will they be Gates-funded as well?
Where will investments be directed beyond research? Advocacy?
Since Common Core is a failure why in the world should we trust anything that comes from Bill Gates? With Zuckerberg’s involvement, why should we trust that privacy will be protected?