Friday, February 21, 2014

Gee. Abp. Listecki Didn't Mention This!

Fr. Joe Shimek spoke for Abp. Listecki recently, defending the "standards" of Common Core.  There will be no debate, of course, if your chilluns are in an Archdiocesan school.

But for some reason or other, Fr. Joe didn't mention this:

...Assessing Common Core is inextricably tied to the big business of data collection and data mining. States that took the Race to the Top bribes in exchange for adopting Common Core must now comply with the edutech requirements of two private testing conglomerates, the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Common Core states also agreed to expand existing statewide longitudinal database systems that contain sensitive student data from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary education.

... “Before our eyes,” Estrada and Tipton warn, “a ‘national database’ is being created in which every public school student’s personal information and academic history will be stored.” It’s no laughing matter.

It's not just the Feds who will have all sorts of info on the kiddies!!
Just this week,, a computer privacy watchdog group, reported that Google has admitted in recent court filings that “it data mines student emails for ad-targeting purposes outside of school, even when ad serving in school is turned off.” The newly exposed documents explicitly “confirm in a sworn public court declaration that even when ad serving is turned off in Google Apps for Education (GAFE), the contents of users’ emails are still being scanned by Google in order to target ads at those same users when they use the web outside of Google Apps (for example, when watching a YouTube video, conducting a Google search, or viewing a web page that contains a Google+ or DoubleClick cookie).

S'pose that Archdiocesan students will have a "K" for Katholische next to their names?

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