Fantastic research and commentary. Over and over again what I run into in the state of NC is that there are simply not enough who grasp that this kind of thing IS what Common Core is all about. It isn’t about a better teaching standard. From top to bottom Common Core is about the intersection point of the free market economy and public education…turning students into a guaranteed source of revenue through data, test taking, and strategic marketing placements in every community.
Perhaps the most sobering component of the privatization push is its unprecedented demand for data collection (data “mining”) on American students. Data mining is not just an American issue. However, on the American front, two education activists have been at the forefront of the fight against this mammoth student data collection: Louisiana’s Jason France (here’s a great example of his writing on the subject) and New York’s Leonie Haimson (her is her testimony on student data/privacy issues in a September 2013 New York city council meeting).
(For those unfamiliar with the data mining issue, see this concise yet thorough summary on the WhatIsCommonCore blog.)
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan believes that there is “power” in data for “school reform”.
Indeed there is. The issue isn’t whether there is “power” in data collection and storage, and its potential sharing. There certainly is power. That is precisely why the public…
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