Do Parents Get The Full ‘Digital Education’ Picture?

I’ve written about digital curriculum movement before. There are pros and cons to such a movement. Do parents really get the full ‘digital education’ picture though?

Digital education has the ability to be farther reaching and more adaptable to both changes in information and student needs; it can offer wider school choice.  Digital Education can also possibly be cheaper in the long run than printed texts and materials.

On the other hand, the use of digital materials requires devices which, especially for young learners, can have a detrimental developmental impact.

Digital materials also have the potential to kill what’s left of transparency. Parents these days have a hard enough time as it is just getting a look at a book their child is using in class without being subjected to a tribunal style meeting at their child’s school. Now imagine all materials residing at school on a device parents never see.

Digital learning is largely data driven – which means more data collection on kids. Take a moment to read about Technology-enabled personalized learning (TEPL).

The push for it in North Carolina is being driven by outside groups tied to Common Core promoting groups. That’s not conjecture, that’s fact.
[Related: 5 Questions on Digital Learning]

Check out Rep. Craig Horn, talking to yet another outside group about ‘digital education’:


Remember, Bill Gates is currently flooding the market with digital material related grants. Gates HSLDA Curriculum aligned

That’s not coincidence.

Gates was also involved in the Shared Learning Collaborative — which was renamed to inBloom.
The main purpose of which was to help market educational products using student data. Parents rightly flipped out and inBloom went poof.

It’s also not coincidence the Common Core testing consortiums (PARCC/SBAC) use online testing methods.

The profit to be made from such a venture as digital curriculum is astronomical.

Just think about how Microsoft makes its money off licensing, training and other related fees. Think about the built-in data collection in their products.

Now apply that to digital curriculum products and then consider a policy like Wake County’s “all or nothing” digital access policy.

Do you get the digital picture now?

Related Reading

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
This entry was posted in A.P. Dillon (LL1885), Common Core, EDUCATION and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Do Parents Get The Full ‘Digital Education’ Picture?

  1. Pingback: Bill and Melinda Gates Still Think They Know What's Best For Your Kid - Stop Common Core NCStop Common Core NC

Comments are closed.