Student privacy rights at risk?

Nov 12, 2013 by

There is no reason to fear for children’s privacy rights due to the implementation of the Common Core educational standards, a state education official said.

A major talking point among critics of the Common Core is the standards’ ties to a perceived “ramping up” of student data collection, which is fueling fears of government invasion of children’s privacy.

The concerns are serving as a major talking point for the far right of the political spectrum. An article published in August on the conservative news and opinion Web site Breitbart.com is headlined “Children’s Privacy at Risk with Common Core Curriculum Standards.” The article states the Common Core has initiated “an entirely stealthy student-tracking database that will allow the government access to private information from birth onward.”

The claims are simply untrue, according to Heather Gage, director of the division of instruction at the state Department of Education.

“These are good conversations to be having and we appreciate that people are bringing them up to us,” she said. “The problem that I have … is not their questions. It’s the ill intent behind the questions. It’s the assumption that people (who) are working here at the state department or in our school districts would want to harm our students. It’s hard not to take it personally.”

Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute in Boston said the public policy research organization has commissioned Joy Pullmann of the Heartland Institute and Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project to write a paper on the topic.

via Student privacy rights at risk? | SeacoastOnline.com.

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