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How Data Analytics In Education Could Create a New Class of Haves and Have-nots 268

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-algorithm-says-you're-bad-at-math dept.
mattydread23 writes "Every student learns differently. Some educators are starting to use data analytics to figure out how to tailor teaching techniques to individual students, rather than using the 'one size fits all' approach. But Alec Ross, a senior advisor on innovation at the U.S. State Department, worries this would create a new class of haves and have-nots. Speaking at the Schools for Tomorrow conference last week, Ross said, 'A lot of what I see is the ability to productize and commercialize very intensive assessments of individual limits. So what I imagine is parents getting their kids essentially a $30,000 educational checkup where they extract enormous amounts of data about the kinds of learners their children are, the kinds of education deficits they have.'"
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How Data Analytics In Education Could Create a New Class of Haves and Have-nots

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04, 2013 @02:50PM (#45038169)

    Typical leftist mentality

    No Child Left to Not Drag the Rest of the Goddamned Class Down.

    Left and Right have no meaning in the US. Everyone's on the right side of the spectrum. The only differences between the parties and their sycophants are batshit insane and shitbat insane.

  • Re:Conformity (Score:2, Informative)

    by mveloso (325617) on Friday October 04, 2013 @03:12PM (#45038407)

    No, he's not missing the point. The only reason you bring up a point like that is to ensure that the initiative gets squished, because only the rich will be able to afford it. That's a kiss-of-death statement in committee, made in such a way that it's deniable - which is exactly what Ross did in his statement.

    "I don't think it's a bad idea, it's just that we're just going to make rich, achieving students richer and more achieving. I'm not saying that's bad - I'm just saying what about everyone else?"

  • by fredprado (2569351) on Friday October 04, 2013 @03:26PM (#45038555)
    Meritocracy is a swear word to any leftist, my friend, despite your delusions.

    The very principle over which the left is based is that people should receive based on their needs not their abilities or value. That everybody is "equally valuable". That is completely incompatible with anything that rewards merit or even accepts it in any way.

    But that truth is too much to people like you, you need convenient excuses like "self-reinforcing class system" to make the world fit in your delusions.

    Thomas Sowell published not so long ago a study showing that in US there are bigger chances of a person who was born in a family in the top 25% of income to end in the bottom 25% of income than of a person who was born in the bottom 25% staying there for life. THAT is social mobility.

    On the other hand, "self-reinforcing class system" is what you have in socialists countries where no matter what you do the system does everything to keep you exactly where you are..

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.