Alongside the highly controversial nationalization of education via the Obama administration-backed “Common Core,” the federal government is bribing and bullying state governments into collecting huge amounts of private data on students for use by the U.S. Department of Education and other bureaucracies. Despite establishment efforts to downplay the links, the outrage surrounding both schemes — removing local control of schooling through dubious national standards and vacuuming up information on America’s children — continues to grow nationwide.
In another short video about Common Core, part of an ongoing series produced by The New American, veteran educator Mary Black outlines some of the facts surrounding the data-mining component of the establishment’s education “reform” agenda. According to Black, who has 40 years of teaching experience and serves as the student development director for the online K-12 school FreedomProject Education, the Common Core-linked information gathering on children is already happening on a huge scale — and it is set to get worse.
“Many people will tell you that it's far-fetched, it isn't going to happen,” Black explains in the video, referring to those who claim that the federal government does not plan to collect data on children through Common Core and related schemes. “I assure you that I am daily hearing reports about things that are actually happening.” Among the troubling examples she cited: A mother whose child had a wrist-strap attached — one of the myriad technological tools already being rolled out or in development aimed at monitoring students’ physiological reactions.
Billionaire Bill Gates, the key financier behind Common Core, as well as a strong supporter of the United Nations and Planned Parenthood, was recently in the spotlight again for funding controversial technology to monitor and track students for data-mining purposes — all of which will be shared with government. The most recent uproar surrounding Gates-funded technology was a grant to develop “Galvanic Skin Response” (GSR) bracelets, which track physiological reactions to “measure engagement” of kids in the classroom.
Other sensors to monitor students that have attracted fierce criticism were outlined in the U.S. Department of Education document Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century. Connecting the schemes to developments in neuroscience, the report describes four technologies that are already being used in some federally funded education programs: A “facial expression camera” used to “detect emotion” and “capture facial expressions”; a “posture analysis seat”; a “pressure mouse”; and a “wireless skin conductance sensor” strapped to students’ wrists.
Across the country, more than a few troubling reports have emerged of biometric schemes being foisted on children, too. “Of course, we're all hearing about the iris scanning that is going on so that the kids don't have to carry student IDs,” Black explained in the video, referring to just one of the schemes being used to identify children using their unique biometric data. In some areas, as numerous media outlets have documented, students are also being forced to supply their fingerprints to get their lunch.
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