Public schools already collect a lot of data that have nothing to do with students' academic achievement, including Social Security numbers, family income, medical exams, and criminal and administrative penalties. Now the bureaucrats' plan is to gather and put on government databases additional information about children's preschool experience, pre-natal care, daycare, early childhood education, and after-school activities.
This plan would computerize information not only from the Department of Education, but also from the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes Head Start, Parents as Teachers, and after-school programs), and from the Department of Labor. The goal is to give the government access to a giant database with personal information on all children.
The people who seek to control the lives and education of our children should be restrained from implementing this plan by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (known as FERPA), passed in 1974. FERPA states that school and college records cannot be disclosed, or transferred to other agencies, without consent of the parents of kids under age 18, unless the information is NOT personally identifiable. But the Obama Administration is trying to get around FERPA by the subterfuge of having the states build the databases and assign each child a different ID number. States are bribed to participate in this vast data collection by grants from a pot of federal money. This type of collection of personal information on all children is the mark of a totalitarian state, not a free America.
The Obama Administration looks upon schools and colleges as giant reservoirs of young people who can be indoctrinated with multiculturalism instead of patriotism, diversity in moral and immoral behaviors, and so-called "social justice" (which is defined as America being an oppressive, unjust society).
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