Rotten to the Core: The Feds’ Invasive Student Tracking Database
Townhall – Michelle Malkin – 3/8/2013
Say goodbye to your children's privacy. Say hello to an unprecedented nationwide student tracking system, whose data will apparently be sold by government officials to the highest bidders. It's yet another encroachment of centralized education bureaucrats on local control and parental rights under the banner of "Common Core."
The National Education Data Model, available online at http://nces.sifinfo.org/datamodel/eiebrowser/techview.aspx?instance=studentElementarySecondary , lists hundreds of data points considered indispensable to the nationalized student tracking racket. These include:
--"Bus Stop Arrival Time" and "Bus Stop Description."
--"Diseases, Illnesses and Other Health Conditions."
--"Telephone Number Type" and "Telephone Status."
Home-schoolers and religious families that reject traditional government education would be tracked. Original NEDM data points included hair color, eye color, weight, blood types and even dental status.
How exactly does amassing and selling such personal data improve educational outcomes? It doesn't. This, at its core, is the central fraud of
top-down nationalized curricular scheme. The Bill Gates-endorsed Common Core
"standards" are a phony pretext for big-government expansion. The
dazzling allure of "21st-century technology" masks the
privacy-undermining agenda of nosy bureaucratic drones allergic to
transparency, accountability and parental autonomy. Individual student privacy
is sacrificed at the collective "For the Children" altar. Washington
Fed Ed is not about excellence or academic achievement. It's about control, control and more control.
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