Does the Common Core curriculum lead to national data collection? (A database — you know — for kids)
September 20, 2013 by History in a Hurry
Man, this Orwellian system is out of hand. I hope it collapses under its own weight, soon. Central planning and control are not the path to a free, prosperous, civilized nation. We need homeschooled and privately schooled students at every level of society in order to restore the republic.
The Dawning Database: Does the Common Core Lead to National Data Collection?
by Will Estrada and Katie Tipton
The U.S. Department of Education is prohibited by law from creating a national data system.1 But the Education Science Reform Act of 2002 gave the federal government the authority to publish guidelines for states developing state longitudinal data systems (SLDS).2 Over the past decade, a slew of new federal incentives and federally funded data models have spurred states to monitor students’ early years, performance in college, and success in the workforce by following “individuals systematically and efficiently across state lines.”3 We believe that this expansion of state databases is laying the foundation for a national database filled with personal student data.
Home School Legal Defense Association has long opposed the creation of such a database. We believe that it would threaten the privacy of students, be susceptible to abuse by government officials or business interests, and jeopardize student safety. We believe that detailed data systems are not necessary to educate young people. Education should not be an Orwellian attempt to track students from preschool through assimilation into the workforce.