Gates Foundation Pushing for “Engagement Pedometer” by Monitoring Students

The biometric bracelets, produced by a Massachusetts startup companyAffectiva Inc, send a small current across the skin and then measure subtle changes in electrical charges as the sympathetic nervous systemresponds to stimuli. The wireless devices have been used in pilot tests to gauge consumers’ emotional response to advertising.

“In high school biology I didn’t learn a thing all year, but boy was I stimulated. The girl who sat next to me was gorgeous. Just gorgeous,” said Arthur Goldstein, a veteran English teacher in New York City who has long been critical of Gates-funded education reform.

So, does measuring galvanic skin response alone indicate engagement? Looks like the Gates Foundation is onto another boondoggle of spending. At least this time it’s with Bill’s money — for now.