Up until he had this one teacher, he was a good student. For 10 years in the public school system, he and been in the top 5% of his class.
Then, he was put in a tenth grade government with a Tea Party ideologue as the teacher. Being a good student, he challenged her assertions: that climate change was liberal propaganda; that SNAP was a communist program, that Medicare and Medicaid needed to be eliminated, that the markets were the sole determination of character, that we needed to get rid of every environmental law, that blacks were born dumb and no schooling would rectify that, that Mexicans needed to be gassed in concentration camps because it was too expensive to ship them back…
This was the first year of inBloom and every teacher was asked to fill out data on each of their students. There were 400 data fields that needed to be filled out, including grades, attendance records, academic subjects, course levels, disabilities. Administrators can also upload certain details that students or parents may be comfortable sharing with teachers, but not with unknown technology vendors. InBloom’s data elements, for instance, include family relationships (“foster parent” or “father’s significant other” or “mother’s fourth husband”) and reasons for enrollment changes (“withdrawn due to illness” or “leaving school as a victim of a serious violent incident”)
One privacy lawyer, said she was particularly troubled by the disciplinary details that could be uploaded to inBloom because its system included subjective designations like “perpetrator,” “victim” and “principal watch list.”
And that is what happened to our former good student. He is now in prison.
Did you know that solely because of Common Core, that parents no longer control their child’s data if it was gathered electronically? As in the case of this student, they don’t even know what is stored under his name in Amazon’s cloud, and from there, it can spread now far as the eye can see… Future colleges! Future employers! Future Advertisers! Remember all those privacy forms you have to sign? They are only valid for information on paper. When it comes to electronics, they simply “Do Not Apply!”
In Delaware, thank Dave Sokola.