This post reveals a key part of the Core program: controlling the goals of students through the mediation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). This comment follows from assertions presented in the linked eScholar video (do watch it):
Here’s the thing I don’t get, and here is why I really think why this should bug you. You don’t need a whole bunch of educational data in a big database to teach a child how to set goals. The government doesn’t need to retain all that data in a gigantic database to help a child set goals and fulfill those goals. So, not only are our kids going to feel like animals in a cage with this new one size fits all curriculum, they are going to be finely measured lab rats for companies like eScholar.
In the video, the question is posed: “How do I know if I achieve a goal?” The answer is of course through a database built with Common Core assessments! (The eScholar guy is really excited about that! I wonder how he managed to set his goals last year absent this fine tool?) Without the Core, without the assessments, we are told, we cannot see if “we” are meeting “our” goals! This is an explicit attack on the role of direct experience in human agency. I may be wrong, but humans have been assessing the realization of their goals for quite some time, all without the help of a government imposed centralized private database controlled by private entities accountable to no public. Even if it were needed, this form of data governance almost ensures the data will not serve the interests of students, parents, teachers or school administrators.
I say: no “dataization” without representation!