How many times are you asked to Opt-In to receive email’s or special offers or some other form of information? How often are you asked to allow a company to track your web page visits or purchases or some other activity? Some companies want you to automatically be tracked and to stop it you need to go through a series of steps to have your name and information removed. Legally a number of companies have been sued and have changed their policies such that you must Opt-In otherwise they can’t track you.
Honestly, how comfortable are you with people and companies knowing what you do, what you read, what you buy and where you go? How comfortable are you that teachers, principles, councilors, state analysts, federal employees, book companies, testing companies and vendors know everything your child is doing? Are you concerned that as your student gets older their every action is being tracked, recorded and shared? Every test grade, every behavior…are you ok with everyone knowing your child inside out?
So…why should you need to Opt-Out? Why should school districts automatically expect you to Opt-In? You should have to Opt-In…not Opt-Out. How do we change the paradigm? You contact your state legislators and tell them to write a law that REQUIRES parents to Opt-In or they are automatically OUT. Contact your school district and tell them the same thing. Contact your school board and tell them that participating should be a choice and that Opt-In must be the norm.
This is an article from Missouri Education Watchdog. Give it a read and see what you think….
Educational reform must include the move from passive permission for student testing/data mining to active permission being required from parents before testing/data tracking of students. Parents must have the legal right to excuse their students from being subjected to unvalidated testing and unknown entities receiving personally identifiable information on their students.
Parents need to reclaim their rights as taxpayers and guardians of their children, and supported by legislative statutes, to ensure that educational reform not based on research/data is instituted in their children’s classrooms and their children being subjected to substandard educational practices. Parents have the right and duty to demand assessments their children are taking in school be valid assessments, versus assessments written to determine future social/educational/workforce policies. Parents should not be required that their children complete assessments due to a funding threat from the USDOEd. Parents must have knowledge of what data is being gathered by the school district, for what purpose and to whom that data is disseminated.
Lace to the Top points out the obvious disconnect between education reformers and parents in a recent post with an “Opt In Letter”. If parents loved Common Core, excessive testing with non-validated assessments and data mining of their children, school districts would be inundated with parents begging to be part of these testing/data mining practices. The letter below is from a fictional parent buying into the schtick of the education reformers: shoddy assessments, questionable results of these assessments, the *need* to become globally competitive, the crony capitalists, and the *need* for student’s personally identifiable information.
Do you know of any parent who would sign such a letter below? If districts were required to utilized active permission to assess/data mine children, it would be an interesting guess on how many opt in forms would actually be received by districts. It’s dark humor and makes the eloquent point that most parents do not support the CCSSI and would not support such an opt in.