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Megan Smith of White House – No Opt Out for Technocratic Curriculum

By January 31, 2016 Children

WHITE HOUSE BULLETIN FROM MEGAN SMITH, OPT OUT IS A PROBLEM?

WITH MY COMMENTS IN CAPS – RAY SONGTREE

From: “Megan Smith, The White House” <info@mail.whitehouse.gov>
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:37:32 AM
Subject: Computer Science For All

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I was lucky to have teachers in my local public school who found creative and exciting ways to introduce me to all of the STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) disciplines. [SHE LINKS “CREATIVE AND EXCITING” WITH CONFORMING TO MACHINES] Hands-on experiences [WITH SOFTWARE] with innovative technology built my confidence and skills for the future [IN AN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOCRATIC SOCIETY WHICH STRIVES TO MANAGE AND MANIPULATE THE NATURAL, REMOTELY] and helped me understand that STEM, especially computer science, could be used to make the world a better place. [HOW WOULD MORE MACHINES MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE? WOULD RECEIVING AN RFID CHIP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?]

And now, we [WHO IS WE?] have the chance to work together [TO OBEY THE SYSTEM]  to expand that hands-on learning experience [OF SOFTWARE] to all [NO OPT OUT] children across America, with President Obama’s [OBAMA INITIATES NOTHING. HE READS A SCRIPT EVERY SINGLE DAY] new Computer Science for All (#CSforAll) initiative.

The President’s bold new proposal  [BOLD?] will empower  [ WEAKEN] students from kindergarten  [ NO CHANCE AT FINGER PAINTING, THEY WILL LEARN TO LITERALLY BE AN INTERFACE WITH SOFTWARE] through high school to learn computer science, equipping them with the analytical skills [NO ANALYTICAL SKILLS WHAT SO EVER. NO CRITICAL ANALYSIS] they need to be creators [FOLLOWING MODELS AND SOFTWARE] in the digital economy [THAT IS RUNNING OUT OF RESOURCES AND IS UNSUSTAINABLE], not just consumers [THEY WILL CREATE WHAT? THEY CAN ONLY MANAGE CONSUMPTION FOR OTHERS, AT MOST], and to apply their passion and enthusiasm to solving problems using technology. [BUT THEY WILL HAVE NO SKILLS IN SOLVING THE PROBLEMS OF TECHNOLOGY ITSELF]

The United States has been home to so many amazing digital inventions [AND LEADS THE WORLD WITH IT’S MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, SELLING 66 BILLION IN HIGH TECH WEAPONS IN 2014] — from Silicon Valley to its counterparts like Austin, Boston, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville, Boise, Salt Lake, Atlanta, and more. Last year, there were more than 600,000 high-paying jobs [ ALL UNSUSTAINABLE. TECH JOBS DEPEND ON DIMINISHING RESOURCES AND OTHER PEOPLE TO MANAGE.  ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL REPLACE THEIR JOBS ] across a variety of industries in the United States that were unfilled, and by 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in CS-related fields.

REALTY CHECK —

Report: Many high school graduates not ready for college

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee comptroller’s office says large numbers of the state’s high school graduates are not ready for college, despite a number of recent gains.

Based on an analysis of ACT test sores, the report found 75 percent of freshmen at Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges couldn’t meet those schools’ math, reading or writing criteria in 2014.

For freshmen in the state’s Board of Regents-run universities, the percentage not meeting school standards was 48.

In the University of Tennessee system, 28 percent of freshmen had math, reading and or writing skills that were below school standards.

Officials say efforts are already under way to better prepare students for college. They also say the problem is a national one.

Our economy and our children’s futures can’t afford to wait. [BUT SHE ONLY UNDERSTANDS THE FUTURE WITHIN HER BUBBLE OF TECHNOCRACY]

Elementary students in Baltimore, Maryland with the author. [PHOTO OP WITH BLACK KIDS WHO ARE BEING DATA MINED BY THE SOFTWARE]

We’ve made real progress, [WHITE HOUSE IS LYING, SEE REPORT ABOVE] but we have a lot of work left to do. In 22 states, computer science still doesn’t count toward high school graduation requirements for math or science, and 75% of schools don’t yet offer a single high-quality [HIGH QUALITY IN HER EYES? SHE IS PROJECTING HER VALUES ON ALL VIA THE WHITE HOUSE. ] computer science course. Plus, stereotypes perpetuated by media portrayals, [THE CULTURE OF MOST PEOPLE] unconscious bias [THE CULTURE OF MOST PEOPLE], the unsung history of CS heroes like Grace Hopper,  [A HERO IN WHOSE EYES?] and outdated classroom materials [NOT OUTDATED, IT WORKED FOR  MEGAN SMITH, THE WRITER] often discourage many from taking these courses — they often ‘opt-out’ of CS even when it is offered. [SHE THINKS OPT OUT IS BAD – DID YOU SEE WHAT SHE SAID? THERE IS NO CHOICE IN HER WORLD. CONFORMING TO BIG BROTHER IS ONLY OPTION.]

The good news is innovators [UNKNOWN DESIGNERS]  in education are already solving these challenges and leading the way all over the country [WITHOUT DISCLOSING WHO THEY ARE, SO, NO ACCOUNTABILITY]. We recently recognized just a handful of these Americans at the White House Champions of Change for Computer Science Education event. [THEY WERE ENABLERS, NOT THE REAL DESIGNERS OF CURRICULUM, SO THEY ARE CONFORMING, NOT INNOVATING.] These students, teachers, and community leaders are proving what’s possible, like the Spanish teacher in Queens who co-created a “Digital Dance” experience, bringing code into school dances. [TRANSHUMANISM] Or the high school and college students who tutor their younger peers in these skills [DANCE OR COMFORMING TO A MACHINE? WHAT SKILL IS SHE MIXING UP WITH WHAT?], solidifying their own knowledge through mentoring. [MAKING THEM HANDLERS OF PROGRAMMING]

As a kid, I was lucky to be exposed to CS — but a lot of my generation didn’t get that chance. [AND WEREN’T INTERESTED, AND WON’T EVER NEED IT. CAN AN ENTIRE POPULATION BE MANAGERS, OR SHOULD WE BREAK AWAY FROM BEING MANAGED BY MACHINES?] Let’s get all-hands-on-deck [NO OPT OUT] to make sure [ENFORCE THROUGH PENALTIES] every child is learning to code [CONFORM TO A MACHINE] as a new ‘basic’ skill  [NO THANKS, I’LL HAVE MY CHILD OPT OUT]­– so they can all [MONOCULTURE] be part of the next generation of American ingenuity [CONFORMITY], problem solving [LEARNING TO DO WELL ON A TEST], adventure [IN A BOX], and deep economic impact. [SORRY, THAT IS PLAIN IGNORANT. THE ECONOMY IS NOT DEPENDENT ON THE MACHINES THAT MANAGE IT. THE ECONOMY IS DEPENDENT ON WHETHER WE HAVE A LONG TERM BALANCED RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE. THAT BALANCE CANNOT BE SOLVED BY DATA AND SOFTWARE. THAT BALANCE MUST DEPEND ON THE HUMAN HEART AND LOCAL CONTROL, THE OPPOSITE OF REMOTE MANAGEMENT VIA SURVEILLANCE AND COMPUTERS.]

Find out how you can get involved today, whether you are a student, teacher, techie or an interested citizen. There’s something we all can do.

Megan Smith
U.S. Chief Technology Officer
@USCTO

 

Comment from Joey Hart
 “What double-speak! Let’s start these children real young at being programmed to use the program as cogs in the wheel of the digital program…”

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I was lucky to have teachers in my local public school who found creative and exciting ways to introduce me to all of the STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) disciplines. Hands-on experiences with innovative technology built my confidence and skills for the future and helped me understand that STEM, especially computer science, could be used to make the world a better place.

And now, we have the chance to work together to expand that hands-on learning experience to all children across America, with President Obama’s new Computer Science for All (#CSforAll) initiative.

The President’s bold new proposal will empower students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science, equipping them with the analytical skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to apply their passion and enthusiasm to solving problems using technology.

The United States has been home to so many amazing digital inventions — from Silicon Valley to its counterparts like Austin, Boston, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville, Boise, Salt Lake, Atlanta, and more. Last year, there were more than 600,000 high-paying jobs across a variety of industries in the United States that were unfilled, and by 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in CS-related fields.

Our economy and our children’s futures can’t afford to wait.

Elementary students in Baltimore, Maryland with the author.

We’ve made real progress, but we have a lot of work left to do. In 22 states, computer science still doesn’t count toward high school graduation requirements for math or science, and 75% of schools don’t yet offer a single high-quality computer science course. Plus, stereotypes perpetuated by media portrayals, unconscious bias, the unsung history of CS heroes like Grace Hopper, and outdated classroom materials often discourage many from taking these courses — they often ‘opt-out’ of CS even when it is offered.

The good news is innovators in education are already solving these challenges and leading the way all over the country. We recently recognized just a handful of these Americans at the White House Champions of Change for Computer Science Education event. These students, teachers, and community leaders are proving what’s possible, like the Spanish teacher in Queens who co-created a “Digital Dance” experience, bringing code into school dances. Or the high school and college students who tutor their younger peers in these skills, solidifying their own knowledge through mentoring.

As a kid, I was lucky to be exposed to CS — but a lot of my generation didn’t get that chance. Let’s get all-hands-on-deck to make sure every child is learning to code as a new ‘basic’ skill ­– so they can all be part of the next generation of American ingenuity, problem solving, adventure, and deep economic impact.

Find out how you can get involved today, whether you are a student, teacher, techie or an interested citizen. There’s something we all can do.

Megan Smith
U.S. Chief Technology Officer
@USCTO

Ray Songtree

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