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Pigeons and Personalization: The Histories of "Personalized Learning"
Take your pick, says Audrey. Show your politics.

> But “personalization” is not simply how we cope with our desire for individuality in an age of mass production, of course. It’s increasingly how we’re sold things. It’s how we are profiled, how we are segmented, how we are advertised to.
globalcapitalism  education 
6 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Donald Trump Poisons the World - With toxic positioning
Trump's "cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage" makes the global community a global hallucination. Asserts the only position is his. Closes debate. Explains his spectacle. Illustrates how politics differs from business. Assigns us each our role.
trump  rhetoric  politics  globalcapitalism 
7 weeks ago by mcmorgan
What’s So Radical about Defending Public Education? | The Academe Blog
A brief history of the corporatization - rise in costs, fall in wages, undermining of quality - of the state university. There's no place to hide.
corporatecreep  globalcapitalism  corporateuniversity  corporateculture 
october 2015 by mcmorgan
elearnspace › learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community
"the opposite is happening: educational technology is not becoming more human; it is making the human a technology."

"Both Udacity and Knewton require the human, the learner, to become a technology, to become a component within their well-architected software system. Sit and click. Sit and click. So much of learning involves decision making, developing meta-cognitive skills, exploring, finding passion, taking peripheral paths. Automation treats the person as an object to which things are done. There is no reason to think, no reason to go through the valuable confusion process of learning, no need to be a human. Simply consume. Simply consume. Click and be knowledgeable."

Commercial interests are turning the human into the technology. Is it time to abandon ship and let's the fools sail themselves into the maelstrom? Maybe. But it's a more appealing option then it was last year.
education  edtech  dehumanization  globalcapitalism  Higher 
september 2015 by mcmorgan

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