I have a two-fold purpose to this thread.
One is to continue to provide food for thought about what your child's generation faces in terms of privacy.
Yes, I know, just as many say "advertising is all around them so who cares if it's in their test materials", I'm sure there are those of you who will shrug. Whether we like it, think it's just the wave of the future or what, the fact is that things are going to be different for our children.
Two is to ask for help in trying to gather and organize information on privacy issues around testing. This is needs to have an alarm sounded and loudly. That I don't hear it coming from the PTA is even more troubling. (And actually the national PTA loudly supports Common Core which is where the problem comes from.)
What's interesting is that state PTAs are sounding the alarm (I'll have to see if I can find out what Washington state PTA is doing). In Missouri, parents point out, that in 2010, the PTA was up in arms over data gathering for military recruiting and yet no outrage over student personal data being release to federal agencies/private firms. (FYI, this Missouri website, Missouri Eduction Watchdog, has a link to an opt-out form.)
If you would be willing to help do some research, let me know at email@example.com
There is a documentary at SIFF called Terms and Conditions May Apply. I saw the trailer yesterday and it was disturbing. It shows on May 30th and 31st.
If you have ever used the internet, email, a smart phone, iTunes, Google,
Facebook, or almost any computer program, then odds are you have
blindly agreed to a "terms and conditions" agreement.
Hoback takes a microscope to these labyrinthine contracts of rules and
concessions, uncovering an epidemic of nearly invisible data mining,
which allows multinational corporations and government agencies nearly
unlimited access to our personal information. Conferring with lawyers,
consumer advocates, senators, and software engineers, Hoback takes us on
what starts as an affable exploration that turns Orwellian as he
discovers frightening examples of the slow, voluntary erosion of our
A comedian finds a SWAT team at his door after quoting Fight Club
on Facebook. A tourist cheekily tweets about a weekend of drinking, and
then finds himself detained for suspected terrorist activities. As
legislation like the Patriot Act continues to expand the level of
surveillance that is allowed, usually under full cooperation of the
corporations to whom we willingly share information, is there any hope
for the future of privacy?
This provocative, insightful, and unnerving
documentary doesn't have the answers, but will make you think more
carefully before clicking "I accept."
As well, there was this piece on 60 Minutes about face recognition that was also fascinating yet worrisome.