Turns out the person who usually writes grant descriptions for the website got it wrong on the Clemson one.
From The Answer Sheet at The Washington Post:
The original description of the Clemson grant said:
Purpose: to work with members of the Measuring Effective Teachers (MET) team to measure engagement physiologically with Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) bracelets which will determine the feasibility and utility of using such devices regularly in schools with students and teachers.The new description of the grant’s purpose will say:
Purpose: to conduct a pilot study to measure student engagement physiologically with Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) bracelets, which will determine the feasibility and utility of using such devices more broadly to help students and teachers.Well, I feel better now.
Here's the other grant:
The description of the $621,265 grant given at the same time to the National Center on Time and Learning was accurate:
Purpose: to measure engagement physiologically with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Galvanic Skin Response to determine correlations between each measure and develop a scale that differentiates different degrees or levels of engagement.Now apparently the Gates Foundation isn't "envisioning" that such a device would be part of a teacher evaluation but they don't make those decisions do they. I can certainly imagine a governor or superintendent making that call, though.
This is all part of Gates' MET (Measures of Effective Teaching) program.
This is the best use of $1.1M. Oh, I forget, to Gates that parking change.
How did this come about?
“The genesis of the project came in similar research done with autistic students, which found that they often were engaged in learning, even when it did not seem that they were from outward appearances.
“The pilot study will be small — some 100 students — and is still in the early stages of design. The foundation is funding, rather conducting this research, as part of its overall portfolio of grants designed to support promising research.”
Well, I can see that for autistic students. But there would be all sorts of reasons this would not work in a regular classroom. You could get a reaction from a student for many reasons including a classmate whispering to him, a text message a student reads or any number of things.
Remember Clockwork Orange?
I long for the day when I might have an audience with Gates. I would be torn between the Cher response in Moonstruck (she slaps her boyfriend when he says he loves her and says, "Snap out of it!") or getting on my knees and begging him to listen.
It just may be too late for any of that.