Education News Scoop Jan.31, 2019

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! All (well, maybe just a wee bit) the news that’s fit to print… and even more that isn’t but is printed anyway. Of the articles I come across, some may be worth sharing even if I, and possibly you, aren’t supportive of what is being reported. There may be something of interest to you in this line up of articles.

My unsolicited comment: Education today doesn’t seem to be about education.

Digitally tracking student behaviour in the classroom encourages compliance, not learning
If ClassDojo is used in your child’s classroom you really should read this article.

ClassDojo encourages surveillance. For example, its surveillance techniques include:

  • teachers monitoring students constantly to award points, positive or negative
  • public displays of class points on large classroom screens making each student’s behaviour score visible to anybody in the class
  • building student behaviour profiles that can be viewed by teachers, parents and school leaders throughout their schooling
  • parents can be notified via text message whenever their child receives behaviour feedback in the form of points
  • registered parents are reminded via a weekly email to check their child’s behaviour profile report.

California Parents Sue to Block ‘Inclusivity’ Instruction in Schools

West Virginia: Legislative Education Shenanigans? It Continues…

West Virginia Board of Education holds emergency session over Senate reform bill

Governor Justice comes out against one W.Va. big education bill
Reform for reform’s sake without regard for whether there is any merit or evidence the reform will work.  Ah, the scramble to keep from being last.

“And it’s important to reform the education system in our state. If we feel a moral imperative, as we should, to provide a world-class education to every student in West Virginia why would we not approach fundamental comprehensive education reform?”

 

Tech Talk

Chaos has reportedly erupted inside Facebook as employees find themselves unable to open the company’s apps on their iPhones

Court’s Biometrics Ruling Poses Billion Dollar Risk to Facebook, Google

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