Gates Funds Functional MRI’s for School Children to Measure Brain Activity

If you have been following the Common Core movement, you know that it was the Gates foundation that pushed for and funded the creation of the Common Core standards by pumping nearly $20 million into the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State Superintendents Organizations. It is the goal of the Gates Foundation to create a global education system, but beyond that, they are involved in some very invasive classroom technologies as well.

High Tech Biometric Bracelets to Be Worn by Teachers and Students

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has just granted Clemson University $498,055 to work with members of the Measuring Effective Teachers (MET) team to measure engagement physiologically with Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) bracelets.  Students and teachers are to wear these devices to measure excitement, attention, anxiety, boredom or relaxation in order to measure teacher effectiveness. Read more…

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/06/09/just-when-you-thought-it-couldnt-get-crazier/

Gates Funds Functional MRI’s for School Children to measure brain activity

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a grant for $621,285 to the National Commission on Time & Learning to study the electronic bracelet and functional MRI’s for children. Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, is a technique for measuring brain activity. It works by detecting the changes in blood oxygenation and flow that occur in response to neural activity. It is non-invasive, safe for the subject and easy for the experimenter to use making it a popular tool for imaging normal brain function – especially for psychologists. Read more…

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/grants-2011/pages/national-center-on-time-learning-inc-opp1028976.aspx

(Update: 5/6/13 The Gates Foundation has taken down the link above. Here is a screenshot of the page they have removed. Click to enlarge.)

gates foundation functional mri grants

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/what-is-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-fmri/

Gates Funds High Tech Temporary Tattoo for Collecting Brain and Muscle Signals. Developer Envisions Use in Education.

Described as an electronic “tattoo”, the device is a wearable patch of circuits, sensors, and wireless transmitters that sticks to the skin like a temporary tattoo. It can be placed over an existing tattoo to minimize attention. Electrical signals from the brain and skeletal muscles transmit the information wirelessly to an external computer. “…efficient union(s) between brains and machines is a central theme of (Todd) Coleman’s research and he envisions endless applications in areas such as military operations, gaming, education…” Read more…

http://neurogadget.com/2011/08/16/high-tech-gadget-sticks-to-skin-like-temporary-tattoo/2551

http://medgadget.com/2012/05/ucsd-electronic-wireless-tattoo-receives-grant-from-the-gates-foundation.html

http://news.illinois.edu/news/11/0811skin_electronics_JohnRogers.html

Gates Sponsored Organization Urges Dept of Ed to Increase Learning Time at School in Order for Districts to Qualify for Race to the Top Grants.

“The National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) submitted a very detailed comment on the Department of Education website urging the Department to incorporate expanded learning time in the upcoming round of Race to the Top, which is focused on individual school districts as opposed to states.”  http://www.timeandlearning.org/race-top-recommendation

Teachers to be Videotaped During Class Along with Wearing Biometric Bracelets

“The goal of the (Gates Foundation) MET project is to improve the quality of information about teaching effectiveness available to education professionals within states and districts—information that will help them build fair and reliable systems for teacher observation that can be used for a variety of purposes…This information will include videotaped classroom observations, student surveys, tests of teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge, and analyses of student assessment data to examine achievement gains over time.”

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/learning/Pages/2010-reliable-measures-effective-teaching.aspx

Texas: Students Will Be Tracked Via Chips in IDs
Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students. District officials said the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags would improve safety by allowing them to locate students — and count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding, which is partly based on attendance. Read more…

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Students-will-be-tracked-via-chips-in-IDs-3584339.php#ixzz1vsssNfl7

11 Responses to Gates Funds Functional MRI’s for School Children to Measure Brain Activity

  • If everyone learning about these things would write a letter of protest to our Governor, State School Board, and the local newspapers, it would have an impact. We have to slow down our federal educational system’s obsession with citizen surveillance that poses as educational improvements. It is crazy that we as parents are allowing these things to roll along without standing up and saying it is wrong.

  • Catherine Johansen says:

    Yikes! I find all of this to be quite chilling and don’t know how any free thinking, freedom loving people would see it as otherwise, but I’m sure CommonCore advocates will tell us of all their good intentions. I was taught the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The left never asks, And then what?

  • Holly A says:

    This is insane! Is the media reporting on this? How do we effectively protest this kind of BIG BROTHER takeover tactic?

  • Grandma B says:

    Ok. Enough, is Enough! We must Unite and speak out! Too many people are not speaking out and this crazy government take over keeps creeping up all over the country. If we don’t do something about this, it will be the end of freedom for us, our children and grandchildren.

  • Anna Mock says:

    Can we do some sort of rally? pick a day or a week and just all of us repeatedly call the gov’s office? Last I checked there were over 2000 people who had signed the petition against Common Core. Can we all do something like pool $10 each and hire someone as a PR advocate for us? I feel like there has to be more. Posting things on facebook, at least with my friends, doesn’t get anywhere. We need a billboard or spots on the radio programs. let’s call Rod Arquette and Doug Wright and KSL and channel 2. If this issue has been on the radio and news already, lets just get back up there again. I don’t know how to do any of this and am definitely not the spokeswoman, but I am a mom and I’m about to pull my kids out of school!

  • Mary Scheetz says:

    Thanks again for your website. I’m here in AZ and since I watched Glenn Beck a couple of weeks ago, I keep researching about Common Core and keep feeling sick to my stomach with all this stuff. I pray Americans will keep waking up and finding out about this. Thank you Mrs. Swasey and Thanks Mr. Beck for sounding the alarm. This stuff is ridiculous! I keep printing lots of information so my husband can see it, and hopefully(pray God) will want to homeschool next year. I hope Fox news starts reporting on this vigorously – this is insanity.

  • matt says:

    The problem is the schools took the money for parcc and never discussed it with parents. Now we are forced out of fear not to say anything. This is outrageous. I am sure their children will not be used as worthless lab rats. When a person makes you do something out of fear they are political Terri rust. I can’t even write the word. I will go door to door and knock get signatures and send it to my governor. If you care about kids ,your kids future and their kids future then its time to talk to each other at least so we don’t get worse and keep a close eye on everything our kids do in s school.

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