Robin Eubanks is not the easiest blogger to read but she is one amazing researcher in the field of education and if you absorb one tenth of the information she is putting out, that will be more than enough to stimulate thinking about the transformation of global education.
In this particular post she is pointing out that there is a pincer attack on education coming from both the political left and political right which is directing education along a similar global pathway.
Hard as it is to believe, anybody who knows anything about the United Nations Agenda 21 (upgraded to 2030) will recognise that left/right convergence as communitarianism. There`s no opposition.
Her concern in this post is to alert readers to the motivation behind the global transformation in education. The child/adult is to grow up having had their perceptions of the world engineered and transformed to fit into the world being structured for them by the global elite. The student`s perceptions do not have to be based on reality; they just have to be believed. This is where social and emotional learning becomes important.
"What if that goal for creating `a worthy planetary civilization` relies on governments at all levels stipulating performance and achievement ‘standards’, which regulate what anyone must know or do? What if those same levels of government describe the desired values, dispositions, ethics, and beliefs that students are to internalize? What if those stipulations get hidden as social emotional learning, character, or civics education? What if parents never grasp that both NAEP and PISA are looking to assess for whether the desired internalized, prescribed attributes have taken hold at a neurobiological level? Parents might then never know that their child was being socially re-engineered at school because they believe those measures are ‘tests.’ They would have been misled and might fail to recognize the existence of a PDM–a Political Disciplinary Mechanism–used to make sure that the subsidiary levels of government remain faithful to the desired national or global implementation..."
"[Let`s]l shift to what UK Sociologist Anthony Giddens wrote in his 1994 book Beyond Left and Right: The Future of Radical Politics where he talked about shifting from a welfare state to Positive Welfare. As I have documented previously."
"Happiness ‘does not depend on outside events, but rather on how we interpret them’; it is ‘a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated.’ It depends less on controlling the outer world than controlling the inner one. ‘People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy...’"
"What if social emotional learning and quality learning are actually designed to change how the child perceives the world just as Giddens desired and parents are unaware because they have been trained deceitfully like Pavlov’s Dogs to simply worry about databases of Personally Identifiable Information?"
What she is saying is that there is a global agenda to re-engineer children coming from both the political left and right that lies behind the mass collection of data on children which is why `facts` are no longer important, but emotions are. These changes need to be monitored.
In other words, there is more to worry about than the databases.