CHEYENNE, Wy. – Perhaps one of the most disturbing – and unexplained – facets of Common Core national standards is the government’s push to obtain highly personal information on young students.
Why does the government need to know a student’s height and weight, along with the time the bus picks him or her up in the morning? Or their religious affiliation or blood sugar levels?
No one seems to be explaining, but that’s not stopping parents and taxpayers from asking questions.
Here’s a letter from one parent, via the Casper Star-Tribune:
My intent is to inform you about “P20.” P stands for preschool and 20 stands for 20 years of age. Those are the years that our children will be monitored without parental consent. Nearly all of us have heard of HIPAA – the health information privacy act, but how many of us are familiar with FERPA – the educational equivalent? Only it’s not so equivalent.
On Jan. 12, 2012, the laws changed so that there are 11 ways personal identifiable information can be shared without a parent’s consent. Some of this information includes, but is not limited to: blood type, weight, family’s base wage, religious affiliation, blood sugar levels. When you are filling out information on your child for school and include his or her Social Security number, your rights are taken. In fact, the Social Security Administration does not want you to give away their Social Security Number. The National Center for Primary Education does. Why? It is part of the Core Curriculum Standards. They want to be able to track students from state to state and to improve student academic achievement and close achievement gaps. So? Except that FERPA supersedes HIPAA and can share health information with anyone who has “legitimate educational interests.” Legitimate is not defined.
The new buzzword for sharing information is “interoperability.” Also look for the terms “human capital” and “stakeholders.” Human capital means your child. Dehumanizing isn’t it? Stakeholders are those that have any interest in your child’s information – any interest. One of these stakeholders is Google. You may have heard that they mine data to make your searches easier and to produce ads that will appeal to you based on your searches.
The Oklahoma P20 report from 2009 states in part: “Create linkages between and among data systems so data can be transferred across systems and among interested parties to address questions that cut across levels of educational system and agencies.” It does not address who the interested parties are or what agencies.