The project, involving wireless biosensor bracelets that measure physiological reactions, could “help students and teachers gain a better understanding of how and when students are most engaged,” the foundation said.
“We need universal, valid, reliable, and practical instruments” to gauge student engagement, said Debbie Robinson, a Gates foundation spokeswoman.
Critics of the foundation’s data-driven approach to education reform approach decried plans, with some noting that the devices cannot distinguish between emotions, such as fear and excitement.
“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,” said Arthur Goldstein, a veteran New York City English teacher.