A Wide-Open Data System
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 21, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. Georgia parents and students lost big-time when S.B. 167 failed to pass this session. The bill sounds like just another ho-hum plan to educate children, but it’s far from that. It’s about state-wide competencies and core curriculum, state education agencies and federal Race to the Top plans, accompanied by a data base of students’ private personal information to be shared with an unlimited number of people, agencies and organizations, world-wide.
Had it passed, S.B. 167 would have stopped the Common Core State Standards Georgia was forced to adopt to get Race to the Top grant money. The strange thing is Common Core Standards aren’t completed, yet. So, Georgia bought “a pig in a poke,” which could be as devastating to education as Obamacare is to healthcare.
The curriculum will be beyond parental influence and local school board control, because Common Core is a federal mandate tied to federal money. Next Generation School data will be collected and stored on personally identifiable students, so their education and attitudinal data can be tracked throughout their lives, as required in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has NOT been ratified by the U.S. and should not influence decision-making in this state or this country. Continue reading