Arizona State University, like many colleges across the United States, has a problem with students who enter their freshman year ill prepared in math. Though the school offers remedial classes, one-third of students earn less than a C, a key predictor that they will leave before getting a degree. To improve the dismal situation, ASU turned to adaptive-learning software by Knewton, a prominent edtech company. The result: Pass rates zipped up from 64% to 75% between 2009 and 2011, and dropout rates were cut in half.
But imagine the underside to this seeming success story. What if the data collected by the software never disappeared and the fact that one had needed to take remedial classes became part of a student’s permanent record, accessible decades later? Consider if the technical system made predictions that tried to improve the school’s success rate not by pushing students to excel, but by pushing them out, in order to inflate the overall grade average of students who remained.
These sorts of scenarios are extremely possible.
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Before I write anything here, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not an expert.
So this is a little bit more in-depth addition to my OCD 101 post, which examines different categories of obsessions and compulsions in detail. I originally wanted to put something like this in the main post, but it, um, got too long. ^^
If you haven’t seen my first post on OCD, you should read it before this one!
you dont get to make fun of me for going to therapy. no. you dont get to make fun of me for doing the hardest fucking thing ive ever done in my entire life. you dont get to make fun of me for reaching out for help even though i knew shitbags like you would mock me for it. you dont get to make fun of me for taking the steps i needed to take to manage life with severe chronic illness. shut the hell up and close the fucking door behind you on your way back to sad-person-land.