Jeff Horn "Learning with Leviathan: Common Core, Technocracy, and the Jobs of the Future"
Tuesday Nov 25th, 2014 - Noon to 1:05 p.m.
Directions: (Google Maps) Exit Hwy 41 at College Ave, go west one block to Mall Drive, turn right, go one block, turn right on Fox River Dr.
One of the striking aspects of modern educational reforms like Common Core is how closely they resemble an assembly line or a feedback control system. The standards are the set point. The various assessments and longitudinal databases provide the highly-detailed feedback. And the curriculum is the manufacturing process used to create the “widget”.
Except in this case, the “widgets” are not inanimate objects, but children. Does this fundamentally change anything? Is it effective or appropriate to treat children as objects of industrial efficiency and teachers as assembly line workers? Where did these ideas come from and why are they being advanced today?
On Tuesday, Nov. 25, data scientist Jeff Horn will answer these questions in his ground-breaking presentation, “Learning with Leviathan.” Learn what educrats really mean when they speak of “jobs of the future” or “college and career ready”, and the technocratic future that they are endeavoring to create.
Please join us. We meet at noon, order lunch, start at 12:05 p.m., and end at 1:05 p.m. Admission is free. Meal purchases and donations are encouraged.
Bio Sketch: Jeff Horn is a data scientist and grassroots activist from the Madison area. Over the last couple years, his efforts in the Common Core fight in Wisconsin have been indispensible. Jeff’s presentation is based on the essay that he contributed to Kirsten Lombard’s new book, Common Ground on Common Core.
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