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Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin

 

Gates, Zuckerberg Team Up to Explore Kids' Brain Functions

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. May 15, 2018

Billionaire tech moguls Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are teaming up to inflict more damage on the unsuspecting American public.

The Bill and Melinda Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative want to pool their cool billions to explore kids' brain functions and math and writing – key areas of classroom learning that are crucial for academic success. They're focusing on children who have difficulty in learning.

Priscilla Chan is a pediatrician. Let's hope she knows how successful the old-fashioned cursive writing is for brain enhancement.

Gates and Zuckberg have already inflicted immeasurable damage on the American public but they are not content. There must be more they can do. 

Bill Gates has finally admitted that, after the Gates Foundation outlay of more than $400 million to force American public schools to accept Common Core, there has been no improvement in education. 

He fails to mention the $4 trillion burden that he and friend Obama have inflicted on the American public in their zeal to make Common Core a national curriculum. The standards deliberately dumb down students, make complicated processes out of fairly simple math problems, and have a decidedly pro-Islam, anti-Christian, and anti-American bias. 

Announcing in 2005 that “America's high schools are obsolete,” Gates set about to break down larger schools into smaller ones, only to abandon that experiment when it failed. 

Then swinging in the opposite direction, he stated publicly in a 2011 Washington Post op-ed that we should identify the top 25 percent of teachers in the nation and increase their class size by four or five students. Surely overworked teachers would be jumping with joy to help with that experiment. 

Gates bailed out on that failed experiment also. 

He experimented with teacher effectiveness using pay for success programs – that bombed, too. 

He funded Common Core Curriculum Standards which he announced would “...unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching. For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better….” 

A large number of customers eagerly buying red wagon loads of tech products from Microsoft. 

Rather than suggest a return to traditional teaching methods, Gates is now off on another tangent to fix students – Next Generation Science Standards – deemed by academic reviewers to be even more inferior than Common Core.

Is this Common Core 102?

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook the social media giant, and his wife Priscilla Chan have introduced a digital learning program into schools that allows students to “take charge of their own learning” – code for students teaching themselves – while relegating teachers to the back burner as facilitators. The program uses education software developed by the Chan Zuckerberg initiative.

Facebook is under fire for its addictive social media platform and its new messenger app for children as young as six.

Given Zuckerberg's penchant for changing the world and how people think as well as the purposely designed addictive nature of Facebook, we can assume that philosophy has influenced the Chan Zuckerberg software.

Ideas being considered by the Gates and Zuckerberg joint project include the use of games and technology simulations to support teachers and family and tracking student progress among certain vulnerable children such as those with disabilities or those learning English as a second language.

The project's leaders say that technology is not the primary focus but do recognize the role it can play.

Since Gates and Zuckberg are considering the use of games – presumably video games – they should consider that there has been absolutely no evidence or research that shows video games can lead to increased learning.

In fact, ed tech executives know the games are addictive and can collect massive amounts of very lucrative data about the child’s behavior and interactions.

Microsoft has introduced a highly popular video game, Minecraft, into thousands of classrooms. With more than 100 million registered users, Minecraft is the best-selling computer game ever. According to Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, renowned addiction expert, the game is in “every way -- clinically and neurologically -- an addicting drug.”

What can possibly go wrong with this Gates/Zuckerberg project?

Is America A Democracy?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. April 27, 2018

It’s quite common nowadays to hear liberals and even uninformed conservatives call America a democracy. Yet we are neither a democracy nor a representative democracy.

By definition, in a democracy what the majority feels is the rule. The Founders described this scenario as “mobocracy.” Contrast that with a republic where the general population elects representatives who pass laws. The nation is governed by rule of law, not what the majority feels at a given moment.

What Is Dallas Council Hiding In their Frenzy Over Confederate Monuments?

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. April 22, 2018

Last September the Dallas City Council quickly removed the Robert E. Lee statue, a magnificent bronze equestrian sculpture, and now they want to bulldoze the Confederate War Memorial located in Pioneer Park Cemetery. They plan to erect a lynching memorial, explaining they want to forget the past and bring racial harmony to Dallas. Yet they provide fake details about the lynching.

Thousands of Android Apps Track Children, Break Federal Law

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. April 22, 2018 World Net Daily

Thousands of free Android educational apps available in the Google Play store are tracking children in violation of a major federal data-privacy law, exposing kids to targeted ads and automatic profiling.

The study, “Won’t Somebody Think of the Children,” was published in the scholarly journal, Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies. The researchers say the problems are rampant and parents are provided a privacy analysis of each app, including the popular Google Classroom and Khan Academy.

American Students Show Mediocre Test Results

By Carole Hornsby Haynes April 13, 2018 Education Views

The United States spends more on K-12 education than almost any other nation in the world and yet our students are performing poorly on tests.

This week the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress test results in mathematics and reading were published. These are tests that have been funded by Congress since the late 1960s and early 1970s and required for all 50 states as part of No Child Left Behind. Called the nation’s “Report Card,” NAEP tests must be given at least every two years to a stratified random sample of students at specific grade levels (4, 8, and upper high school).

The High Cost of lllegal Immigration to Texans

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. April 9, 2018

Texas taxpayers are shelling out $11 billion each year to support 1.9 million illegal aliens, the second largest illegal population in the nation. Texans are also supporting 625,000 of their U.S. born children with 537,000 of these attending local schools.

The tab to Texans is $4,429 for each illegal alien which places a heavy burden of $1,231 on each household.

Education: $8 billion

States are forced to educate illegal aliens and their children, refugees, and legal immigrant students through an unfunded federal mandate as required by the Plyler v. Doe Supreme Court decision in 1982.

How To Stop Leftist Indoctrination In Schools

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. April 7, 2018 World Net Daily

Public K-12 no longer teaches objective and unbiased education. Instead, schools are centers of radical left wing indoctrination for Cultural Marxism, identity politics, and other anti-American ideas. Students are told what to think, not how to think.

Complicit in this indoctrination are administrators, teachers, textbook publishers, and “theorists” such as former Weatherman Bill Ayers (turned Professor of Early Childhood Education) who create manuals on “teaching social justice” for teacher development programs.



Feds/Big Tech Join To Push Addiction in Schools

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. March 25, 2018 World Net Daily

The federal government, bent on collecting massive amounts of personal information on its citizens – a flagrant violation of the Fourth Amendment – and the tech industry, under fire for its digital products designed to addict, have joined forces in American classrooms.

Through the unconstitutional Every Student Succeeds Act passed in 2015 under the Obama administration, digital devices with computer adaptive software for both lessons and testing are pushed into K-12 classrooms.

Spendthrift Congress Expands Federal Control of Education With Omnibus Bill

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. March 24, 2018

So much for fiscal responsibility, preserving privacy, promoting federal programs that actually work, and decreasing the federal footprint in education. Congress has passed a $1.3 TRILLION spending bill that will fund the government for ONLY SIX MONTHS. The House passed it by a vote of 256-197 and the Senate by a vote of 65-32.

Truth About Tech: Addiction By Design

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. February 9, 2018 World Net Daily

What many parents have suspected is now being exposed by former Silicon Valley employees: that tech companies have designed their digital products to be addictive.

The Center for Humane Technology, which was recently founded by former Google and Facebook employees, has joined forces with media watchdog, Common Sense Media. In their first campaign – Truth About Tech – they will educate millions of consumers about the dangers of tech products and pressure tech companies to create less addictive and less intrusive products.

Texas School Choice: Original Intent of the Texas Constitution

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. January 25, 2018

Giving parents the right to choose how they educate their children must be a high priority.

In a speech Monday proclaiming National School Choice Week, President Donald Trump said, “By giving parents more control over their children’s education, we are making strides toward a future of unprecedented educational attainment and freedom of choice.”

Betsy DeVos’ Claim, “Common Core Is Dead,” Enrages Conservatives

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.   January 23, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos claimed in a recent speech to American Enterprise Institute that “at the U.S. Department, Common Core is dead.”

This is not the first time DeVos has made misleading remarks about Common Core. She told Fox News that, “The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is in the process of being implemented now, essentially does away with the whole argument about Common Core.”

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