Monday, April 29, 2013

Work-force Science

Student data-tracking, an essential component of P-20 education reform, is getting lots of attention and much needed scrutiny.   Along with the obvious privacy concerns many wonder how the large amount of information or "big data",  will be used.   As always, it is helpful to remember the goal of public education:  cradle-to-career tracking and placement to meet the needs of employers in the global economy. 
That includes exposing students to careers at an early age, starting with more elementary school tours of businesses. It also includes more coordination between schools and employers to make curriculum less theoretical and more practical.
Michigan Governor recently said, "One of the key reasons we have an education system is to better connect kids and people to careers,”  That's what they mean when they "college and career" readiness standards or "School-to-Work" as it was formerly known.  And that's where the data tracking comes in real handy to education reforms. 

With the advances in technology and data collection for job placement has now been elevated to a  science, Work-force science.  
Work-force science, in short, is what happens when Big Data meets H.R.

The new discipline has its champions. “This is absolutely the way forward,” says Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “Most companies have been flying completely blind.”

Today, every e-mail, instant message, phone call, line of written code and mouse-click leaves a digital signal. These patterns can now be inexpensively collected and mined for insights into how people work and communicate, potentially opening doors to more efficiency and innovation within companies.
Several start-up companies, such as Gild,  are developing systems that crunch big data ins search of employees.    Dr. Ming, Chief Scientist at Gild,  explains how big data helps recruit computer programmers    All the calculations lead to a "Gild score' a measure of what the person can do." Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Wal-Mart are either testing or using their service in search of employees.

The big data currently mined is from internet sources but imagine the potential data-mining after all 50 states have a fully integrated P-20 data tracking systems.   One of the objectives of the P-20 student data system is is to ensure that the data is:
" ...made available to state and local policymakers and residents of this state in the most useful format possible.
Private student data collected and crunched creates a powerful tool to guide government/industry partnerships in work-force development in the 21st Century. 

The big data is not just   GPA and ACT scores but other "noncognitive" fatctors such as  "grit".

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology published a report back in February entitled “Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century.”
"There is a growing movement to explore the potential of the “noncognitive” factors—attributes, dispositions, social skills, attitudes, and intrapersonal resources, independent of intellectual ability—that high-achieving individuals draw upon to accomplish success, (pg. v).
Work-force Science:  where social engineering meets big data for work-force development that will meet the demands of the state but not the dreams of the child.    Education is NOT about training workers.

The bible instructs parents to train up a child in the way he should go for eternity NOT  to train a worker for the global economy in the 21st Century.

1 comment:

Naptime Seamstress said...

You know, on the surface, it's sounds so nearly right. We homeschool because we want our children to learn practical things as well as theoretical things. However, there is a line - and Common Core has crossed over!
I guess this is just one more example of how Satan likes to try to prove he's "like" God. He's trying to make a plan "like" God's plan.
I hope and pray this Common Core stuff is defeated!!!
Keep up the good work, Spunky, this is a fabulous blog to keep on top of homeschooling-law-stuff.