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posted by on Saturday January 28 2017, @10:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the can-you-say-the-Man? dept.

This is a slightly older article that just came to my attention today, though the data systems it describes are currently being built out and used. It seems to be quite a well researched article, with a ton of links to sources.

Basically, it's talks about sensitive data entered into a new breed of student information systems, with very few legal protections around that data. These systems collect data with a common schema. The common schema would seem to allow for large-scale analysis of the data later on. You can get more information on the schema and potential data collected by the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) here:

If you send your children to a public school, under current federal law you have no way of opting out of the P20 profile that has been created by your state and potentially shared with others. You also have no right to refuse to have your child's data disclosed to testing companies and other corporations in the name of evaluation and research.

I'm not done digging into this, but it seems important for those of that are concerned about massive amounts of data collection and in this case, what it means for our children who are literally being tracked and data-mined from birth.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 28 2017, @03:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 28 2017, @03:31PM (#459901)

    The obvious rebuttal is that government is forcing people to do be tracked by threat of force.

    If we just require that all schools be privatized then the government won't be able to do this to our children anymore. Private corporations in high-friction markets are so much more trustworthy and amendable to consumer demands. The invisible hand will sprinkle fairy dust on it and everything will be fixed.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 29 2017, @12:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 29 2017, @12:37AM (#459988)

    Franken: No Dems will vote to confirm DeVos for secretary of Education []
    According to The Hill, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) says [] President Trump's pick for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will receive zero support from Democrats regarding her confirmation.

    Speaking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on [January 26], Franken said that Democrats were lobbying for Republicans to vote 'no' on her confirmation as well.

    "She is an ideologue who knows next to nothing about education policy as ... she demonstrated really in her confirmation hearing"

    Besides knowing absolutely nothing about education policy, DeVos is also a religious fanatic who wants to see Fundamentalist Christianity in public schools--and no other religion.

    The Republicans have a 52-48 majority in the Senate.
    If The Blues vote as a bloc, it will require 3 Reds to vote against her.

    With The Reds refusing to even schedule a hearing in Obama's SCOTUS nominee and e.g. Elizabeth Warren then voting to approve Ben Carson's nomination to the cabinet, this would be a welcome change to The Blues' pattern of rolling over and playing dead.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []