PS 411

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Hugh Akston
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Re: PS 411

Post by Hugh Akston » 04 Nov 2019, 15:45

Gaggle Knows Everything About Teens And Kids In School
[spoiler: the story is actually about how Gaggle doesn't seem to really know anything]
One of Gaggle’s central selling points is that it saves hundreds of lives each year from suicide. For the 2018–19 school year, it claimed that it prevented 722 students from committing suicide. When asked to explain, Gaggle said that out of the 52,000 references to suicide and self-harm it flagged, 6,000 were serious enough that Gaggle called the school “immediately.”

“Of those, 722 were so specific that we identify them as a ‘life saved,’” Gaggle said.
“One of the things [Gaggle is] teaching is not to share things, which is presumably the opposite of what many mental health professionals would say,” Igo said. If a student is afraid of being interviewed by school administrators, they may shut themselves off from adults.

It’s unclear, based on the emails alone, whether Gaggle was a helpful tool in assisting vulnerable students. In several email chains, teachers and administrators were already aware that the child was struggling and were in touch with the parents of the students in question.
Gaggle told BuzzFeed News that it “recommends” school districts get permission from parents and students before they use the company’s tools to monitor them. It also provides a choice to opt out, but since it works with required school services (email accounts, etc.), it’s unclear how that would work.

“If a student opts out of Gaggle, then they would not be able to use the school-provided technology and would have to use their personal email addresses for their school work — and that personal email would not be scanned by Gaggle,” a Gaggle spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. In other words, once a school district buys Gaggle services, students don’t have a school-friendly alternative.
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Re: PS 411

Post by thoreau » 05 Nov 2019, 11:42

California no longer has at-risk students. They're all at-promise.

If you say "at-risk" then you are being doubleplusungood.
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Re: PS 411

Post by Eric the .5b » 05 Nov 2019, 19:45

thoreau wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 11:42
California no longer has at-risk students. They're all at-promise.

If you say "at-risk" then you are being doubleplusungood.
Oh, wow.

Can we change "endangered species" to "enfortuned species"?
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Re: PS 411

Post by Aresen » 05 Nov 2019, 19:56

Eric the .5b wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 19:45
thoreau wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 11:42
California no longer has at-risk students. They're all at-promise.

If you say "at-risk" then you are being doubleplusungood.
Oh, wow.

Can we change "endangered species" to "enfortuned species"?
I think the correct term is 'under-represented species.'
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Re: PS 411

Post by thoreau » 07 Nov 2019, 10:32

https://arcdigital.media/im-a-teacher-a ... d4a6a8392d

"I’m a Teacher and a Waste of Money"
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Re: PS 411

Post by thoreau » 19 Nov 2019, 13:54

This is a good article on the contradictory mess of political imperatives that people subject public schools to. Their final recommendation (a "Pain In The Ass" metric) is hardly a panacea, but contemplating it illustrates some valid points.

https://areomagazine.com/2019/11/19/wan ... lic-first/

But the main takeaway is that shit is fucked up and we'll never get agreement on how it's fucked, why it's fucked, or what to do about it.
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