I never thought I’d be in complete agreement with Michelle Malkin on anything, but I do agree with what she wrote in a column on the iris scanning outrage in three Florida school districts. You can read her column here.
Sadly, I think too many American parents continue to be too complacent when it comes to asserting and protecting their children’s privacy in the education arena. While “good parents” have started to look at what goes on online, the greater threat, I think, lies in the huge databases containing much sensitive information that is being increasingly shared between schools and others. It’s all legal, of course, until the courts take EPIC’s lawsuit against the Dept. of Education seriously and recognize that the new regulations they promulgated go far beyond what the law authorized them to do.
So if you’re worried about your kid’s future, take a look at what’s going on in the schools and the data-mining and data sharing that’s taking place. Then speak up, dammit, and get active to protect your children. Don’t know where to start? You might start by informing yourself more by reading some of the great materials Sheila Kaplan has compiled on EducationNewYork.com. Sheila’s materials are not just about NY, even though she’s active on NYS legislative issues.
Read. Take action. You’ll thank me down the road, if I’m still around. 🙂