This is why you should say no to Big Data

https://m.facebook.com/ArtLearning/photos/a.402772463087922.99151.402701759761659/1367923639906128/?type=3

The following is taken directly from the link, with the tacit approval of the owner, who wishes to widely disseminate these views and information:

Competency Based Education: The New Reformer Scheme for Collecting Common Core Aligned Data from Children Every Single Day of the Week…

“CBE (Comptency Based Education) is a data driven education system that follows a set of prescribed standards and requires demonstration of “competency” before advancement. It has embedded testing within the curriculum that collects hidden streams of data via unknown algorithms. Stealth, continuous data–collected by vendors, can be shared with third parties–parental consent not needed. The goal is to digitalize education so data can be collected and, remember, data is gold.” 

~Sue Kingery Woltanski 

Competency Based Education: Destroying Public Schools One Profitable Data Point at a Time https://accountabaloney.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/competency-based-education-destroying-public-schools-one-profitable-data-point-at-a-time/

Competency Based Ed- the culmination of the common core agenda. https://stopcommoncorenys.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/competency-based-ed-the-culmination-of-the-common-core-agenda/

CBE Online is Neither Personalized Nor Higher-Order Thinking! (Nancy Bailey) http://nancyebailey.com/2016/01/23/cbe-online-is-neither-personalized-nor-higher-order-thinking/

Great Schools Partnership and the Covert Agenda of Assessment Reform (Emily Kennedy Talmage) http://emilytalmage.com/2016/01/27/great-schools-partnership-and-the-covert-agenda-of-assessment-reform/

Competency Based Education (Read with care, this reformer website puts you inside the Mothership of the new Common Core aligned Snake oil the reformers are selling) http://excelined.org/competency-based-education/

Digital Learning Now- From Cohorts to Competency – “provides specific guidance regarding the adoption of Common Core State Standards and the shift to personal digital learning.” http://digitallearningnow.com/site/uploads/2013/01/CB-Paper-Final.pdf

Nailing the managerialist lie: management is not generic

“In the 1960s, an interesting series of experiments was done on air-traffic controllers’ mental capacities. Researchers wanted to explore if they had a general enhanced ability to ‘keep track of a number of things at once’ and whether that skill could be applied to other situations. After observing them at their work, researchers gave the air-traffic controllers a set of generic memory-based tasks with shapes and colours. The extraordinary thing was that, when tested on these skills outside their own area of expertise, the air-traffic controllers did no better than anyone else. Their remarkably sophisticated cognitive abilities did not translate beyond their professional area.” 

 

 Alistair Crowley’s Organisational Pentacle

The notion that there are general thinking skills is closely allied to the managerialist notion of the the generic manager, moving effortlessly from managing a supermarket to managing an opera house or a hospital. From Barclays to the BBC.

I have an equation I like to share at this point:

P+A ≠ M+T

That is to say that the model of professionals supported by administrators is not replaceable by the model of managers directing technicians.

When was the last time you heard the term ‘managerial judgement’?

https://aeon.co/ideas/why-schools-should-not-teach-general-critical-thinking-skills

Latte pappas. You mean mothering isn’t genetic?

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AeonMagazineEssays/~3/O7mkfDJn5Dk/swedens-hands-on-dads-and-the-hormones-of-fatherhood

My tutor on the Advanced Training Manager ITD now IPD whatever qualification also taught adult basic skills and personal development-type stuff.

The concept of Andragogy was a thing back then: the teaching methodologies for adults. We must have been having a discussion about gender differences. Women were supposed to be more holistic and integrated, they found it difficult to learn abstract information without relating it to their own lives. She didn’t agree, and neither did i, which is why I say: tell that to the ‘Coloured Computers’ who did the abstract calculations that made the Moon Landings possible (Hidden Figures,  the movie out next month: https://youtu.be/RK8xHq6dfAo )

She reported that the single parent fathers displayed the same holistic approach to learning that the single parent mother’s did.

 Booyah.
Dads. Hormones. Strange. Human.

Why do birds suddenly* appear…

…to flock?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=iRNqhi2ka9k

Google ‘why do starlings flock’.

Actually, I’m being a little unfair, as I haven’t provided you with any ‘starter’ reading. Try these: 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2011/aug/21/starlings-flock-together-study

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/17/scientists-call-public-help-solve-mystery-of-starlings-murmuration-displays

And here is the famous Boids simulation developed by Craig Reynolds: 

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=FChkV9TDsZgC&pg=PA128&lpg=PA128&dq=Santa+Fe+Institute+boids+simulation+Chris+Langton+Craig+Reynolds&source=bl&ots=a7eEKUAi0d&sig=ZJsHQG52WoZJIrzXy9TEJzpVaL4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO7eaYxL3RAhWDuhoKHWxiA-IQ6AEICjAA#v=onepage&q=Santa%20Fe%20Institute%20boids%20simulation%20Chris%20Langton%20Craig%20Reynolds&f=false

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Then we can have a discussion about what constitutes an explanation. For you. For scientists. For others…

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*Regrettably, it isn’t because, 

“They want to be

Close to you.”

The Evolution of Cooperation

​The Evolution of Cooperation, is, if I recall correctly a book by Robert Axelrod, or his brother. It uses game theory to explain how a strategy called ‘forgiving tit for tat’ conquers all others.

And here it is, in a cat video.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1612948815397998&id=100000486847440

This physicist says consciousness could be a new state of matter – ScienceAlert

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-physicist-is-arguing-that-consciousness-is-a-new-state-of-matter

Follow the link, which, rather like a network of neurons, leads to more links.   My frontal lobes haven’t been this excited since I read Douglas Hofstadter’s EGB, a book so heavy that even in paperback it has its own gravitational field. And that was when it first came out in paperback, mid 80s I’m guessing.

Nobody seems to know what to make of it at this very early stage, so far be it for me to try.
 Go read. But take it slow, pause every minute or so, to let the mind deboggle…

Promoting Play. Promoting Good Things when other folk don’t want to pay for them.

The photo is murky, the image indistinct and semantically unfocused, the typeface is a let’s make it look like handwriting but not comic sans (2 marks for that) and most of all, the quote is bogus. 

Why was this chosen to promote “Play”?

What does it mean? It’s fuzzy, didactic and unmemorable. Something about a spark. The words are dead cliché words. 

Who is the It? Is it the spark or the child? Yes, I know, it’s supposed to be the spark, but the subject of the sentence is the child. 

Lighting the path? Only one path? Really? Not many, why not? Branching paths? No, just THE PATH. The Great One* has spoken. 

For the Adult to be?!? Teleological piffle! The Serious and Ironic Crime Squad have been informed. 

Play is not preparation for adulthood, play is “that’s it, that’s what happened” to quote Miles Davis. It’s easy to understand backwards isn’t it, Søren?
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*Soreen malt loaf was named after the philosopher, btw.

*The Great One would appear to be the awesome Charles Hawtrey (1914 –1988), born as George Frederick Joffre Hartree, was an English comedy actor and musician. Starred in the Carry On films and was known …