By Danette Clark
As I wrote recently in Pearson’s Creepy Vision For the Future of Education…, Pearson Education, an official partner in the creation of resources and tests for the Common Core State Standards, recently released a video series revealing their vision for the future of education. In a nutshell, Pearson’s vision includes the intrusive collection of personal student data and monitoring of students both inside and outside of school.
This invasion of privacy is a concern to many parents across the country — and for good reason. Pearson Education has created school data systems that are already being used in several states and districts nationwide.
True to its vision, Pearson proudly boasts that its school data systems will increase the “open nature” of student data and create “more porous technology borders”.
So what does that mean, exactly? Due to President Obama’s recent changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), it likely means that the technology borders Pearson refers to can now more accurately be described as ‘non-existent’.
Pearson data systems also promise to “enable seamless data flow among stakeholders”, which brings us to another crucial question — who are the stakeholders? Who will have access to student data that will encompass everything from personally identifiable information to learning and behavioral weaknesses, religious and political affiliation, and extra curricular activities in and outside of school?
As shown in the screenshot below, a U.S. Department of Education document titled, Engaging Stakeholders, clearly defines education stakeholders as anyone and everyone — specifically, “students, parents, school staff, district staff, school board members, tax payers, the business community, and other community members”.
Although states and the fed will likely argue that all stakeholders are not allowed access to all student data, this brief prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) discusses privacy risks that existed in managing personally identifiable student information even before the current administration further stripped protections provided by FERPA.
Apparently, simply allowing every Tom, Dick and Harry access to student data isn’t enough. According to Edweek.org, forty-nine states are literally reaching out to “non-educator stakeholders” to tell them that student data is now available to them. Twenty-nine states even provide training to non-educators to help them interpret and use student data to “make informed decisions”.
In many public schools, the local community and business organizations that currently participate as active education stakeholders include Planned Parenthood, interfaith organizations, and ‘anti-bullying’ organizations known for pushing homosexuality and transgenderism on students.
For example, thousands of Annenberg/CES schools and districts already partner with Planned Parenthood and GLSEN. The Annenberg Institute and the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) are at the center of the progressive indoctrination movement that created Common Core. Read more about Pearson, Annenberg, and CES here.
Are organizations like these active education stakeholders in your state? And if so, once allowed access to your children’s student data without your knowledge, are they also allowed access to your children?