Hollywood has “stepped out on a limb” and told the government to “Stop Watching Us.” Actually, they risked nothing by taking this popular stance and as public figures they are used to their lives being monitored and reported on, so for them the risk of new snooping is low. This is their newest  star studded video asking the NSA and other government agencies to stop collecting information on American citizens.

Stone says at the 30 second mark, “Every American is at risk for getting caught up in the NSA dragnet.”

Yet Stone has no problem with the government collecting all kinds of data on our kids because of common core. He is a speaker at next month at the National Council for the Social Studies whose theme is Gateway to the Core of Learning, which features more than 100 sessions addressing the Common Core ELA Standards for History/Social Studies.



As we reported, Common Core is the glue that ties all the data gathering together, so if you support Common Core Oliver, you support data collection on kids. Your video statement should have said, “Every child who enters a U.S. Public School is guaranteed to have personal data about them collected by the government.” In fact, the data collection is likely to start even before that child enters school because, the government would like to start tracking a child prenatally  on through to the workforce.


Maybe the only problem with the NSA is that they do their data collection in secret. Public schools are more open about their State Longitudinal Databases and P20 councils. They just won’t connect, for the average parent, how widely their child’s data is shared once collected by the school system. Nor will they tell parents how that data could be used against them, as in the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Competitive Grant program which tries to “identify the individuals to be visited [by state agents who would then] intervene so as to meet the improvement benchmarks.” One of the identification markers to trigger a home visit is student academic performance. The difference between the NSA and schools is that you make a choice to participate in Google and Facebook. You have fewer choices when it come to your child’s education. Once they cross the threshold of that school, the system believes it has a right to know everything it can about that child.

I could give you a pass on being a hypocrite Oliver, but only because I believe you are simply a horribly uneducated rube who likes to think he is important because you are invited to a national conference but never bothered to research what common core is before you spoke. That doesn’t really speak well for the Stone brand. All we can hope for at this point is that you will start doing some research about data collection on kids and share what you find with your Hollywood buddies and get them together for another video session.

Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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