Your kids' test data AND IDENTIFYING INFORMATION is being siphoned off to private databases ...

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    ... and they don't even have to tell you about it.

    And surprise! They're no longer testing just educational achievements; the tests now include components that evaluate "psychological and behavioral assessments".

    Washington Examiner: Education Dept. helps leak students' personal data

    States and schools are signing over private data from millions of students to companies and researchers who hope to glean secrets of the human mind.

    Nine states have sent dossiers on students —including names, Social Security numbers, hobbies, addresses, test scores, attendance, career goals, and attitudes about school —to a public-private database, according to Reuters. Standardized tests are beginning to incorporate psychological and behavioral assessment. Every state is also building databases to collect and share such information among agencies and companies, and the U.S. Department of Education has recently reinterpreted federal privacy laws so that schools and governments don’t have to tell parents their kids’ information has been shared.
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Nine states are doing this violation of personal and private information. Some states are passing laws against it. My state currently doesn't do this.
    This is prima facie illegal. Lawsuits are guaranteed to follow...
  3. Aha! So my impulse to forgo state funding for homeschooling to avoid the standardized tests may be more than just my tinfoil hat at work.
  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Here are the states cooperating with this evil venture:

    This has not gone unnoticed and unopposed:

    Aren't you from Alaska? You're probably alright.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I notice that the evil dweeb from Redmond, Bill Gates, has gone from unethical practices in the business world to the same unethical methods in his social engineering efforts in education and family planning and vaccinations.
  6. Yeah, my state isn't doing this, but the precedent is alarming. Often you don't know these things are going on until after they are done.
  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    wow. I've looked into this, and it appears to be one part of the federal Common Core curriculum that is being pushed, and state after state is falling for it, because accepting the common core exempts you from the No Child Left Behind act and because you get federal money for your schools. Just ONE of the problems is that it establishes a tracking database of students and teachers, and this is the database that is getting accessed, per this thread. My SO is having to deal with some of the requirements of this monster.

    Other reasons to not like the Common Core:
    • Common Core diminishes the authority of school districts, and forces the districts to ussa liberal, Agenda 21 curriculum which promotes Socialism.
    • It is a Federal power grab of education and basically ends local control of education.
    • The children are given no homework and most of the curriculum is online, using a digital learning system. The parents will have little or no access to what is being taught.
    • James Millgram, Professor Emeritus of math at Stanford University, refused to sign off on Common Core Math Standards saying they were being lowered. Groups of students will come up with answers to math questions, they will be graded partially on how they came to their decision, even if it's incorrect.
    • Anthony Esolen, Professor of Renaissance English Literature at Providence College, Rhode Island states "Language Arts will lose much of its classical literature content, that is, great novels with moral truths".
    • Common Core is being driven by special interest groups and corporations such as the Gates and Pearson Foundations who stand to make billions. George Soros is also involved in funding and promoting this "Citizens of the World" global education.
    • The SAT and other college entrance exams will be aligned with Common Core which will result in lower standards.
    • State governors were "coerced" to sign on by tempting them with enormous stimulus grant money, a waiver to get out of the No Child Left Behind's rigid requirements, and threatening to take away their Title 1 funds if they didn't sign on the Common Core. Governors signed on before even seeing the curriculum. State legislators were also bypassed.
    Taken from (californians united against common core)

    A Georgia lawmaker opposes Common Core and files bill to stop it in Georgia:

    Here is an opt-out form: Opt-Out of Common Core.
  8. Ohhh, this is the same initiative that is removing To Kill a Mockingbird from the English curriculum and replacing it with informational texts about invasive weeds and home insulation! Sorry I don't have a good link, I can't find the article I read.

    This is true, unabashed dumbing down. How is this better than NCLB?
  9. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    It's another seizure of power and influence directly by Washington. Make the kids learn exactly what you want them to in the way you want them to. You have no need to censor things after that.
    Gates and Soros. That's all you need to know.
  10. This is tangential, but my kids got a book as a gift that is about the continents, and "America" is described as one continent, even though that would make it the second largest continent by the book's own admission, and the book does say Africa is the second largest continent. The page about "America" has animals from both North and South America all mixed in together, as though a quetzal belongs with a polar bear. And there are little blurbs of trivia on each page, but much less about South America than North America on the America page.

    How can you not wonder what the (expletive deleted) is going on when there's stuff like this on the market?
  11. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    The educational systems have been consistently dumbing down the curricula for my entire lifetime. The first step was separating things into subclasses, I am not talking about special needs or accelerated learning classes, I am referring to 4 different types of english classes during a three year period (World Lit, English Lit, American Lit, Grammar, advanced Grammar, etc). These classes can be taught together to generate a better class of reader, and to help familiarize students with differing types of writing. School through the High School level are supposed to be designed to give students the basic tools needed to move forward and succeed in all walks of life, even if the student has specialized needs in some areas. It is getting to a point where students don't have to fail a grade anymore, they can be forwarded to the next grade and it doesn't really matter all that much if they have the basic skills needed to move forward. Subclassification systems are much better suited to the higher learning areas (colleges, trade schools). The loss of information compared to when my parents went, and when I went was pretty disturbing to my parents, the loss of information from when I attended and my duaghter attended is completely astounding. It is no wonder that teens and young adults nowadays are more absorbed with mundane things. Students are not pushed to be better than average, quite the opposite, they are forced to be average lest they offend someone by being too good. I may have used it before, but the discussion I had with my daughter while she was doing a project on the Civil War (when she was 15 or 16) is a perfect example. The basic gist of the project was boiled down to the *fact* that the Civil War was about freeing slaves, there was no discussion on the underlying problems that went along with it (states rights, socio-economic impact - just to name a couple of the more important issues). I even called the teacher and asked if the assignement was actually about the freedom of slaves, or the reasons for the war, trying to pinpoint the actual assignment, and the response was that there weren't really any other reasons for the war. I wrote letters and complained, but this was NY state educational system, and they really didn't want to hear what I had to say, so I brought out some of my books and helped to educate my kid on more of the reasons for the war - not saying that any particular reason was more important than any other, but that there were other reasons that things went as far as they did. Sadly, I thin it is going to continue to get worse as we move forward, until something drastic happens to shift the alignments of educational systems.

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