I recently found an article that perfectly describes the dangers of technology in the classroom via Common Core. The following paragraph is just a glimpse of the story I found on American Thinker:
Common Core is about more than just a shift in educational standards. The architects of Common Core have always planned to integrate computer technology with Common Core standards under the guise of “closing the digital divide” and “preparing our children for the 21st-century workplace.” They want us to envision “educational equality,” where each student has access to the same technology and resources, including his or her own one-to-one device (one student, one device). These sound like worthwhile goals, but we know better.
Initially, in order to continue to be eligible for Obama’s “Race to the Top” federal funding, states were obligated to implement a Student Longitudinal Database System (SLDS), used to track students from preschool through college (P20-WIN). Some of us may recall the many reports about measuring 400 data points. This is part of SLDS. Those of us who are paying attention may have assumed that these data points were going to be gathered via the Common Core assessments. Perhaps some of us assumed that “opting out” or refusing the test would keep us safe. Not so fast. Could these one to one devices be another carefully disguised method of software-driven mass surveillance of students? And in what other ways is data being collected? Parents, you need to take a closer look at this.
We are headed back to school, and this year, all across America, more and more classrooms will be filled with children innocently using their iPads or other handheld devices. Children may be playing interactive educational games, doing interactive assignments, and writing stories that can be easily shared with the teacher and other students. These seemingly harmless activities are in fact being used to collect personal and private information without the parents’ consent or knowledge.
Could that educational game be used to measure your child’s mental state? Could those interactive assignments involve morally ambiguous questions that can be used to create a psychological profile of your child? Could that shared story be used to predict violent behavior?
Read the article HERE, be knowledgeable, and I recommend you opt your children out of any computer or tablet-based activities. Teachers can and will provide paper assignments. Be prepared for push-back, but be brave. It is your child and your say.