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Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Big Data, and the Public-Private Planned Economy

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Will DeVos carry the Carnegie torch for corporate-fascist workforce planning by pushing Big Data privatization of education?

You don't need a terabyte of data to forecast this prediction.


[1] The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $1,221,800 to the College for All Texans Foundation "to fund strategic planning and research support aimed at improving of P-20 data infrastructure and data use among policy makers and practitioners."

[2] The founder, president, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Netflix, Reed Hastings, sits on the KIPP Board of Directors , and he is also a former member of the California State Board of Education who has lobbied aggressively to usurp locally elected schoolboards with the "self-perpetuating governance" of corporate charter school councils.

[3] PII is data that identifies a specific student: name, address, Social Security number. SIS data tracks the institutional demographics of a school's academic and behavioral outcomes: attendance and suspension rates; course grades, course levels, and class sizes; standardized test scores; learning disability and IEP classifications; free/reduced-price lunch distribution; ethnic population ratios. In addition, SIS data contains certain health information such as absences due to illness or other physical or mental health complication; and SIS can also contain criminal justice records pertaining to in-school arrests and other school code violations. UII is the psycho-behavioral data collected by adaptive learning software like Dreambox, Knewton, and Khan Academy; this real-time data tracks screen time and keystrokes per assessment module while mapping student-response feedback loops to algorithmically chart a student's cognitive-behavioral efficacy.

[4] ETS has likewise played a crucial role in the data analyses of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race to the Top testing. Specifically, ETS published two comprehensive reviews of NCLB testing entitled National Education Standards: Getting Beneath the Surface and Education Issues 2007. In addition, ETS conducted actuaries to contribute to a 2010 joint report by the US Department of Education and the RAND Corporation titled State and Local Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (Volume IX--Accountability under NCLB: Final Report) . After the initiation of the Race to the Top program, ETS contracted with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to crunch the numbers for Race to the Top data-mining.

[5] For a detailed analysis of how The Order inculcated American education with a Hegelian philosophy that evolved into the cradle-to-career charter school system of fascistic workforce development, see my article entitled "Corporate-Fascist Workforce Training for the Hegelian State".


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Sutton, Antony C. America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones. Updated Reprint. Walterville, OR: Trine Day, 2002. Print.

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