Become a ‘Contra’: Create an App to Track Your Student’s Data Gathered by Federal Agencies, NGOs, Third Parties.
One of the goals of the Common Core State Standards Initiative is cradle to grave tracking via data sets on students and teachers. The data industry is booming as companies anxious to handle personally identifiable information will be paid by local districts to satisfy Federal mandates.
A concern of parents is when they ask their school and school board members (taxpayers’ representatives) about what student data is being sent to whom, they receive the classic deer in the headlight stare from administrators. They don’t know and worse, they aren’t aware of the 2014 white paper from the National School Board Association (NSBA) warning districts that they will be held for data breaches and/or inappropriate use of PII. From Attention School Board Members. Have you Budgeted in Legal Expenses for Data Privacy Protections?:
When a data breach occurs and PII is hacked by entities wanting to steal your child’s identity, the school might finally take the time to figure out what data is being sent where and to whom. In the meantime, here’s a nifty idea for taxpayer advocates to make money on student PII data tracking: establishing an app to track their students’ data via their handheld device. Maybe a clever IT professional can develop something similar to Ghostery, an extension and mobile app to control how businesses/individuals are tracked online:
Regardless of where one falls on this case, the fact that privacy is now part of the national conversation makes me more optimistic than ever because when people talk, good things tend to happen. In addition to the Apple case, there were other interesting happenings in the privacy and security world, including the announcement that Verizon has agreed to pay a $1.35 million fine with the Federal Communications Commission over its use of the controversial “supercookie”, a tracking technology that some felt was difficult to see and control by the consumer. This settlement is important for two reasons. First, privacy enforcement is alive and well in the US, and second, it underscores the importance to be clear about what you do and to empower the consumer with control. For something thought provoking, be sure to check out this insightful interview of Cylance’s Malcolm Harkins, who provides a fresh way of thinking about security, giving one much to think about how we can all approach security within our own organizations.
Here’s an example of how Ghostery can help track individuals’ data:
You are being tracked.
Whether you know it or not, your every move on the web is of interest to thousands of companies out there. Your online behavior is valuable data, and companies are collecting it all the time. Online vendors have tags on web pages and apps that write out scripts, and these scripts write out cookies that send information back to the company about how you use the web.
Luckily, there is an easy way to take control of your digital experience and maintain your privacy online. Download the Free Ghostery Browser Extension today to see just how many trackers are following you, and choose which ones to block. It’s easy to use (even for non-techies!), and effective.
Ghostery educates you about the companies tracking you.
Ghostery doesn’t just ask you to allow or block a particular tracker. We also offer tracker profiles so you can learn about the companies tracking you and make informed decisions.
Shouldn’t parents and students have the choice to make informed decisions about where and to whom PII is sent? Shouldn’t parents and students have the ability to either allow or block their data to governmental agencies, NGOs and third party researchers? Shouldn’t parents and students have the freedom and authority to determine whether they want the schools to ‘help’ them chart a career path based on data?
Why is there this intense push for data driven research on students? An excerpt from Global Education’s timeline 2015-2035 from Global Education Futures Initiative illustrates how health, educational and social/emotional data sets will set a student’s trajectory in life:
2015: Precedent Based Diploma: Automatic systems monitor and record student’s performance and behavior
2016: Digital Work Hygiene: Attempts to fight the adverse effects of information overload on one’s mental health, information diets and mental fitness programs appear
2018: Pre-natal university: Technologies that enable pre-natal education, based on big data, audiovisual stimulation, and biofeedback
2020: Student’s Genetic Passport: Students get individualized recommendations on their education in accordance with the genotype
This isn’t tinfoil hat conspiracy; this is from a timeline with material from global participants of Education foresight at:
- Educamp 2010
- Foresight Steamboat 2012
- Foresight Fleet 2013
- Competence Foresight 2012-14
- Global Education Foresight 2013-14
- Foresight NeuroWeb 2013-14
MEW will be posting on specifics of this timeline over the next few weeks. This is the reason for CCSS (nationalization of standards) and the associated data fed into State Longitudinal Data Bases which are (or will be connected) with other states and federal agencies and international databases: it’s to place your child into the ‘appropriate’ track based on not only educational, social/emotional data, but also their genetic make-up. What are some additional goals for your child and public education in 2018? Let these two goals from 2018 sink in and understand that this is the definition of human capital. Students belong to the State and NGOs.
- New Models of Human Capital Investment. New models of investment into promising youth – “human futures”- adopted by pension funds and private investors
- Kyoto Protocol in Education. Nations get compensated for exporting valuable specialists. (Legislation targeted for implementation)
This is why it is important to be able to track the trackers who are tracking your student. How is your child being tagged with data and into which data set is your child being placed? What happens to the students who are not promising youth and valuable specialists? If you ask these type of questions or want to know how your child’s data is being used to decide his/her status for the workforce, you must be representing one of the ‘contra’ forces in New Education (you are not a revolutionary and part of the ‘responsible’ parent group):
- some organized religions
- regulator of domestic policy (state/national politicians and bureaucrats)
- ivory tower faculty and management
- conservative parent