The “New American” Educational Plan: Google, Private Think Tanks & the Federal Government.
Before you read the following article, Speaking Up for Career Pathways, you should know its source. It is from edcentral.com which supports New America education policy analysis. What is the New America Foundation? It is a policy organization (with Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google on its board) whose stated purpose is:
Too often, these challenges have proven impervious to conventional party politics and incremental proposals. With an emphasis on big ideas, impartial analysis and pragmatic solutions, New America invests in outstanding individuals whose ability to communicate to wide and influential audiences can change the country’s policy discourse in critical areas, bringing promising new ideas and debates to the fore.
Are you a bit weary and alarmed with these “well meaning” philanthropists providing us new ideas (using governmental funding/agencies) that conveniently adds to their financial well-being? What happened to citizen input via their elected representatives to institute change? We are being pummeled by the likes of Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, The Fordham Foundation and other individuals/organizations who have a vested interest in having the data portion of the Common Core State Standards Initiative succeed. George Soros’ son, Jonathon Soros, is also on the Board of The New America Foundation.
It’s important to know who those outstanding individuals whose ability to communicate to wide and influential audiences can change the country’s policy discourse in critical areas, bringing promising new ideas and debates to the fore are as they are the ones planning what/how your student learns in school.
Now that you have a bit of history on New America Foundation, read the excerpted article below and think about how this massive merging of agencies and data will be a boon to Google:
A more holistic approach to education and employment services and to better link them to the needs of local employers and regional economies means education data will be linked with other state/federal agencies without your knowledge. Were you ever asked your permission? Look at that last sentence. Should the federal government even possess this data tracking capacity? When did it become the function of the federal government to support coordinated service delivery approaches at the state and local level?
Get ready for hurculean levels of data collection. It makes more sense in what happened in our last legislative session now. The Google representative killed our data bill in the Legislature this year. The plan for education is not for the individual. It’s for the private companies to gather our data under the auspices of the good of the collective; opportunities for making it easier to integrate them (policies and programs) to to the benefit of all. What uninformed legislator would EVER go against policies and programs that would benefit everyone? Sounds good until you know what this is really all about. Too bad that legislator didn’t do his homework.
Start asking why private organizations are furthering education policies that bypass voters and legislators. As one Missouri Coalition Against Common Core member wrote:
These people just keep meddling and when they are told, “No”, they just meddle some more.All we can do is keep focusing on exposing all these tentacles and their sinister plans.