Profiting from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Other Stuff

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.

ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Scores: Part of the “Pay for Success” Plan?
Wow!  Just, Wow!  Wrench in the Gears provides another eye opening informative article.  This one is loaded.  It touches on so many things.  It takes in things that have been addressed in this blog before: data collection, pay for success, social impact bonds (SIB), personalized learning, etc.  It is long but a must read.  As I read it, I keep thinking nothing is sacred anymore—anything and everything provides an opportunity for financial profit.  We see and know that data is being used all the time for targeted ads.  Now, we see data being used to find ways to target services for financial gain.  Predatory mental health and brain-training interventions?  Where is or will the data be gathered?  In our schools, other service providers, and home visitations.  Who will benefit most from the services?  The people receiving the services?   Or the financial well being of those investing in the misfortune of others?  Is it that these investors truly want to ameliorate adverse conditions or do they want identify more people as being affected by adverse conditions?

While I believe this to be a crucial pubic health concern, my fear is that ACE prevention and mitigation interventions will become vehicles for “innovative” finance and will expand profiling of vulnerable populations.

People have a basic human right to treatment and care, which should not be conditioned on surveillance and having data harvested to line the pockets of social impact investors.

And finally, will this “scoring” system be used to transform the treatment of childhood trauma into a machine for “pay for success” data speculation?

It appears there’s a lot of money in trauma remediation.

The bottom line is that investors see children who have been harmed as potential sources of vast quantities of “impact” data, since the damage inflicted upon them extends across so many domains. The fact that the harm is so pervasive is, sickeningly, what makes so profitable. Interoperable databases are key to the program.

As cloud based computing began to take over the health-care industry, the pressure to digitize therapy grew more intense.

The claim is that these (online digitized) platforms make therapy more accessible, but they also generate vast amounts of data as all the online interactions are captured in digital transcripts.

Yes, this is about moving the data around on the dashboard for benefit of the hedge fund speculators.

ACE scores are key part of Pay for Success infrastructure. Rather than getting the humane care they deserve, people who have experienced trauma will become targets for predatory mental health and brain-training interventions.

We are seeing new legislation and budget appropriations for home visits and ACE screenings. I know of this happening in California, Tennessee, and Washington State. To create this market, the government needs baseline data, and they also have to eat up data agreements and unique identifiers to track the children through the system.

Here’s the Other Stuff

How to Assess Group Projects: It’s About Content and Teamwork
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Standards for Mathematical Practice has just enough in it that a person can stretch it to say it requires collaborative problem-solving.  But that seems a big stretch.

Collaborative problem-solving—the ability to work with others on new and complex problems—is one of the most highly sought-after skills by employers. It’s required under both the common-core math and reading standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Issues 1-Year Deadline to Eliminate All ‘Vestiges’ of Common Core

Meet the ‘crazy’ moms saying one of Pa.’s top-rated school districts can’t teach reading

Tech Talk

Oracle Didn’t See the Data Reckoning Coming

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking


Investors have creative ways to mine riches embedded in tangled messes.              photo by J.R. Wilson




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