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Anyone concerned about privacy rights should fight against Common Core

September 6, 2013

database_serverWe seem to live in an age where the government loves to keep massive amounts of data regarding citizens. A couple of months ago we found out about the NSA’s domestic spy data collection program called PRISM. Yesterday I posted about an even larger domestic spy data collection program  from the DEA (partnered with AT&T) called Hemisphere. Heck even the DCI in South Dakota has a relationship setup with Verizon to easily retrieve phone records. Yet thanks to a post by Joshua Cook on BenSwann.com it appears there is an even bigger threat to privacy rights: Common Core.

I honestly haven’t given Common Core as much attention as I would like. Up until this point I have been opposed to Common Core for a few reasons. The three reasons I usually give are:

  • Nationwide standardization of education will do nothing to actually advance education. It will likely do more to restrict good teachers from trying new and innovative ways to teach.
  • Education should always be as close to the local level as possible. Common Core is a round-about way of putting all public schools under direct rule from the Department of Education in the future.
  • Common Core does not seem to provide any substantial benefits for the amount of resources (especially money) that are needed to implement it. Tied into this is the crony capitalism from education companies hoping to rake in big bucks through common core.

But now thanks to Cook’s article I change my opinion about Common Core from being bad to downright dangerous. This from Cook’s article:

Even the Department of Education, though, admits that privacy is a concern, and that some of the data gathered may be “of a sensitive nature.”  The information collected will be more than sensitive; much of it will also be completely unrelated to education.  Data collected will not only include grades, test scores, name, date of birth and social security number, it will also include parents’ political affiliations, individual or familial mental or psychological problems, beliefs, religious practices and income.

In addition, all activities, as well as those deemed demeaning, self-incriminating or anti-social, will be stored in students’ school records.  In other words, not only will permanently stored data reflect criminal activities, it will also reflect bullying or anything perceived as abnormal.  The mere fact that the White House notes the program can be used to “automatically demonstrate proof of competency in a work setting” means such data is intended to affect students’ futures.

Perhaps even more alarming is the fact that data collection will also include critical appraisals of individuals with whom students have close family relationships.  The Common Core program has been heavily scrutinized recently for the fact that its curriculum teaches young children to use emotionally charged language to manipulate others and teaches students how to become community organizers and experts of the U.N.’s agenda 21.

The government having access to such vast amounts of data is downright creepy. Ironically the Federal government can deny such information is being collected at a national level. Common Core is implemented at the State level and data resides there. However the Department of Education (and likely other federal agencies) will be able to browse and utilize the data however they see fit. With this data the federal government can go beyond tracking communications and locations of citizens. Government officials will be able to track students based upon behavior and social patterns. That goes beyond creepy into downright dangerous for anyone considered an ‘outsider’ in society.

Do we as Americans really want our children and parents to be tracked in such a way? Should a well-intended (but poorly thought out) education reform program be allowed to trample on the Fourth Amendment in such a fashion? I would say no to these questions and  hope most other individuals in America would also reject such a program. Luckily it is not too late. There is still time to fight against Common Core in each state. The only real question is if enough people care about privacy rights to actually take up the fight…

  1. Stephanie Strong
    September 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    We need to get rid of the Department of Education and the EPA and this would be moot. Change the SD Constitution and put the power in the hands of the parents. Have all of the school monies tied directly to the student. Whatever school that child attends, that school would receive the monies, public or private. There should be schools that have the bible in their charter so Christians have school choice too.

  2. March 5, 2014 at 3:57 am

    thank for information.It is nice

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