The latest university research finds that "personalized" learning and the use of algorithms by educators is warping children's education, and this is corroborated by a conservative analyst with a Washington think tank.
The study conducted by the University of Colorado does a lot to shine a light on schools' overuse of computers in education.
American Principles Project Senior Fellow Jane Robbins wrote in The Spectator, arguing that educational technology companies are flooding public schools with educational products that are largely untested. In fact, she complained that vast amounts of student information is collected and then fed into algorithms to "personalize" learning.
"The algorithms that these very sophisticated platforms are using are essentially someone's opinion,” Robbins asserted. “It's not even some scientific, truly scientific, way to analyze a particular student or how he does or what he's likely to do in the future."
Just like the Common Core, Robbins says this type of education model and data collection is more about workforce development rather than about learning.
"The more information that we can glean from all of these digital programs – and how students interact with them – then the easier it is to slot a student into a particular area, into his little place in the government-managed economy."