(Note: We rarely get guest posts, but in this case, a public school teacher sent me an email regarding the gathering of biometric data during standardized testing. I asked this individual, M.E., to write a guest post for the subject, and the individual gracefully consented.):
In United States, a general education teacher or an intervention specialist is required to complete a requisite number of hours for “professional development” as per state mandated guidelines. This academic school year came to a precipitous end with the advent of the “COVID-19 Scamdemic” and so did any chance of “in house” in-service days. In-service days are when a district invites “specialists” from a myriad of fields ranging from psychology and technology to human services and non-profit organizations in order to, in this author’s humble opinion “indoctrinate” teacher’s with nonsensical, tangential and often superfluous “differentiated behavior strategies and techniques” or iniquitous “gender neutral” language programs in order to not marginalize “gender fluid” students. The amount of chicanery is often both mesmerizing and disconcerting however, with regards to “distance or virtual learning” we were asked to participate in a fifteen hour Google Inc. certification course that was proctored by a seemingly innocuous third party entity that calls itself ProctorU.
To conclude, in 1903, John D. Rockefeller created the General Education Board which facilitated compulsory schooling in the United States. Rockefeller has been quoted as stating, “I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers”. If one thinks about the present climatological paradigm, and the proliferation of “smart technology”, ubiquitous data tracking via a “beta internet of things”, the hasty unveiling and installation of 5G technology, the avarice of the “elite” to digitize currency and the wanton to facilitate a “social credit system” much like China’s, an ideal place to begin inculcating minds is the education system. This is especially true of “young minds”. Common Core was the final bastardization of public education. Parents surrender their children over to teacher’s with good faith that their children are in the safety of professionals who will uphold ethical standards and educate their children so that they can participate in the greater society eventually. Unfortunately, far too many educator’s (in this author’s experience) are not apprised to the iniquity that has permeated all education, including “higher academia”, and that they are being used to spew “propaganda”, not critical inquiry or discernment. Further still, many educators are willfully ignorant to how digitized systems have been used as a weapon against humanity and blindly follow their marching orders given by administrations, politicians and corporations. No disclosure information is given to parents about their children being subjected to having their unique biometric information confiscated by technology companies and other government entities that is aggregated into a data base. In return, parents are ignorant to what their children are being exposed to and “taught”, including, some as young as three years of age, being enrolled in a Google classroom, with a Google email account attached to their student identification that will be with them throughout their entire academic career in the public school system (and might follow them into post-secondary and high education institutions). The possibilities for moral turpitude is limitless. We as educators, parents (or both) must ask ourselves: “Is this technology really beneficial for my students, my children, and myself? What is my school district doing with my children’s or student’s data? Am I okay with any entity owning my child’s physiological and biological information in the guise of “academic and technological differentiation?” It is our responsibility to protect young people from being harmed by predatory and parasitical entities, if we fail to do so, they will live in a dystopian world far beyond any thing that synergistic coalescence of Huxley and Orwell could envision.
1.) ProctorU. “ProctorU Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary.” ProctorU, 23 Oct. 2018, www.proctoru.com/industry-news-and-notes/proctoru-celebrates-10th-anniversary.
2.) Thornton, William. “ProctorU Partners with Google on Certification Program.” Al, 1 Feb. 2019, www.al.com/business/2019/02/proctoru-partners-with-google-on-certification-program.html.
3.) Patchen, Tyler. “ProctorU Expands Online Proctoring Partnership with Google .” Bizjournals.com, 25 June 2019, www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2019/06/25/proctoru-expands-online-proctoring-partnership.html.
4.) Steinbaugh, Adam. “ProctorU Threatens UC Santa Barbara Faculty over Criticism during Coronavirus Crisis.” FIRE, 27 Mar. 2020, www.thefire.org/proctoru-threatens-uc-santa-barbara-faculty-over-criticism-during-coronavirus-crisis/.
5.) Steinbaugh, Adam. “ProctorU Threatens UC Santa Barbara Faculty over Criticism during Coronavirus Crisis.” FIRE, 27 Mar. 2020, www.thefire.org/proctoru-threatens-uc-santa-barbara-faculty-over-criticism-during-coronavirus-crisis/.
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I implore anyone, not just parents and teachers to not forget our young people.