Common Core/Data Sharing letter from a true Louisiana Patriot, Debbie Sachs, that I would like to share with my readers

Common Core and Data Sharing is an issue that should be a concern for everyone, no matter what political color you bleed (red, blue or green.) I am proud to count Debbie as one of my staunchest and most dedicated allies in the fight to reject the corporate takeover of public education and commercialization of our children and their data. Our children are not products, and their data are not resources for enterprising entrepreneurs to tap into. Debbie is the Thoreau to my Emerson. She is the Doer, and she is doing what she can to protect all of us and to protect all of our children. I joked with Debbie yesterday about how odd it was that Bobby Jindal and Barak Obama have finally found some common ground (unfortunately the ground they found is located on the San Andreas fault) and how weird it was for something like this to finally get conservatives and liberals to work together – but we are united in fighting against an oppressive government and for our children, our future, and the future of our Democracy and Republic. Without further ado. . .

 

To all,

This affects your children, grandchildren in private school, public school, home school, from pre-school thru college.  What this article (please scroll down) does not convey is that this is something that the American people have not seen before – a cartel if you will involving Democrats, Republicans, and Corporate Interests.  Our Republican governor along with his corrupted superintendent of Education (John White)LABI, the Chamber and many of our elected officials are reaping the monetary benefits of this data mining on the backs of our children and their futures. Common Core is nothing but a scam.  Please note that 6 of the 9 states participating in the Common Core/ child data mining have completely stopped student data sharing. Four states (Texas, Nebraska, Alaska, and Virginia) wisely rejected Common Core from the start.  Mike Pence (governor of Indiana) has completely halted Common Core/data sharing in his state ( he obviously cares about Indiana’s children).  Please note that Louisiana has turned RED on the map at Truth in American Education.com which means that our state is ACTIVELY engaged in the Common Core/Child Data Base war.

Don’t know about you, but last time I looked -Louisianans’   tend to cling to their guns and their children. Please demand that Bobby Jindal, BESE stop exploiting our children!  Also please contact your legislators to help get rid of this in our state! You may want to note that Senator AG Crowe, Senator John Fleming, Representative Kevin Pearson, Representative Steve Scalise, and Representative Tim Burns have recently been engaged in drafting and/or vetoing legislation in order to do damage control caused by common core/data mining with respect to our kids. Please thank them and contact other legislators to do same.

From the Conservative Daily:

COMMON CORE – Data Mining Your Kids, Courtesy of Barack Obama

  

 
 

Dear Patriotic Parents and Guardians,

WARNING: Your kids are very valuable to the nationalist, socialist State. They are currently being targeted by the Obama administration. As you read this, a HUGE DATABASE is being compiled on our children and grandchildren as part of the Common Core curriculum, sanctioned by the United Nations and forced onto the States through Obama’s “Race to the Top” program.

DATA IS BEING COMPILED ON YOUR CHILD AND YOU HAVE NO ABILITY TO OPT-OUT.

Are you prepared to STOP IT?

OUR KIDS ARE OFF-LIMITS.

Stop mandatory data collection on our precious little ones! Tell Congress to kill the Common Core program and protect our Constitutional rights!

Get to know the State Longitudinal Database System, or SLDS. “The long-term goal is for States to use the SLDS to follow our children through school and into and through their work life. Information will begin with pre-Kindergarten through post-secondary schooling all the way through entry and sustained participation in the workforce and employment services system.” This information comes straight from the U.S. Department of Labor!

The SLDS or P20 (because it will track our children from preschool through age 20 and beyond) proposes to groom our kids for a course of study that the government deems appropriate for that child.

BARACK OBAMA AND THE GOVERNMENT WANT TO ANALYZE OUR CHILDREN AND TELL THEM WHAT THEY SHOULD BE WHEN THEY GROW UP

Obama’s Race to the Top Tax Redistribution scheme created mandates for student data collection. While we were busy debating Obamacare and illegal immigration, he was pumping stimulus dollars into Common Core and building a framework with which he and the Federal Government can collect data on every American student, regardless of whether they attend public school, private school, or are home-schooled.

State Education officials are already uploading private student information into a new, three month old database called inBloom, funded mostly by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This 100 million dollar data portal was built by a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp! I do not want my kids’ information given to a corporation in the Internet Cloud!

This database will store your student’s name, address, social security number, blood type, hair color, weight, test scores, nicknames, religion, attitudes, family income level, medical history, psychological evaluations, bus stop times and political affiliation. It will collect gender, ethnicity, English proficiency status, disabilities, economic status, test scores and assessment results, demographics and transcript information.

Your child may find themselves strapped into a special chair that measures their posture while a biometric wrap on their wrist records their reactions. There may also be a camera in the classroom recording their facial expressions. The stimulus bill also budgeted for MRI machines! What in the world? Is this part of Obama’s brain-mapping project he spoke of earlier this year?

This information will follow them the rest of their lives. The database has a place for DATE OF BIRTH and DATE OF DEATH.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is supposed to protect the privacy of kids. But last year the regulations were changed. Now, every single bit of information a school collects under the Common Core program can be shared among federal agencies and sold to private companies—with no parental consent and in many cases, NO OPT-OUT.

Even if you don’t care about privacy rights when it comes to you, please, protect our kids from a future of government control and indoctrination. Tell Congress to STOP this unconstitutional intrusion into the lives of our children.

Think I’m off the reservation? In March, a company called Strategies 360/DMA Marketing used private contact information gathered from Seattle Public Schools to conduct a telephone poll. Parents and teachers were shocked to find out that the school district had turned over confidential student records to a marketing firm working on behalf of the teachers union!

What will YOUR STUDENT’S INFORMATION BE USED FOR?

The SLDS is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights and it will eventually lead to the end of our First Amendment protections, as well. Will you or your children be brave enough to confront government knowing that there is a huge file of data on you, accessible to everyone?

Academic and non-academic data on our kids is being collected by the government and it CAN and WILL be used against them at some point. If this is as unacceptable to you as it is to me, you must Fax Congress at this very moment and tell them to end this appalling program.

 

 
 

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4 thoughts on “Common Core/Data Sharing letter from a true Louisiana Patriot, Debbie Sachs, that I would like to share with my readers

  1. I am against CCSS because it wasn’t written by education professionals and much is developmentally inappropriate, but primarily it is the engine that will drive the new national standardized high stakes tests and a curriculum that is developing more and more like a script. Attempting to standardize children is futile at best. To say that added “rigor” will improve student performance is inaccurate.

    Some of your arguments drawn from the Conservative Daily are inflated political rhetoric that do little to gain the attention and confidence of a large population of parents who aren’t so politically inclined. If I am reading you correctly, “Think I’m off the reservation? In March, a company called Strategies 360/DMA Marketing used private contact information gathered from Seattle Public Schools to conduct a telephone poll. Parents and teachers were shocked to find out that the school district had turned over confidential student records to a marketing firm working on behalf of the teachers union! ” this Characterization of Strategies 360 is incorrect. Strategies is anti-union pro-reform group NOT hired by the union and although neither of us has enough information to verify a position, the contact information they received to call parents is information provided at will by parents. Granted it was probably intended to enhance intra school communication but we are all used now to receiving all kinds of sales pitches by virtue of our sharing this information and should not be surprised or insulted when it is.

    The data that is at issue and very concerning is detailed performance, academic and behavioral data on our children that should NOT and was never intended to be shared with anyone except a student’s teachers. It would be more effective in attempting to stop this overreach and potentially very damaging activity to highlight why and how the sharing of this data is dangerous, why it is being done and how it can be stopped. It is part and parcel to CCSS and therefore will be pushed hard.

    One more point, the practice of giving credit to President Obama for every dollar wasted in our economy, every bad piece of legislation passed and all the bad education policy pushed by Jeb Bush and friends is wrong and serves only to alienate those MANY of us who have equal disdain for those on the other side of the line drawn in the sand by politics. Obama is certainly not guiltless in that he appointed Sec. Duncan and has closed his eyes to some policy which he has actually professed to be against. But we should first be targeting those most responsible who by all accounts are the corporate privatizers rather than the political players. Both Republicans and Dmocrats are complicit. Painting it any other way weakens our defense.

    1. I don’t think I blamed Obama for every dollar wasted and i didn’t see that in this text? >  >I do think it’s fair to blame Obama for current education policy. He appointed Duncan, and has backed him at every turn and every (mis)step he has taken. Jeb Bush and many other Republicans like Jindal may be a part of this movement, but so is Rahm Emmanuel, the DC mayor Vincent Gray, Bloomburg, Michelle Rhee and Dannel Malloy. (Democrats) >  >This Reform movement comes from both parties and we do well to keep that in mind. My point was exactly the point you are making – to join forces fighting for a cause, not for specific party colors. We can’t merely target the corporate Johns, without going after. . . the prostitutes (or Jindals and Obamas). As long as they pay no political price and continue to reap donations and PR kudos from mainstream media outlets they have no reason to change course. >  >Politics and prostitution may be tied for the oldest professions. As long was we permit our Jindals and Obamas to go unpunished, there will be an ever-present supply of corporate Johns queuing-up to keep them in power.

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  2. I was referring to the Conservative Daily article which draws the public blame primarily to Obama and deflects the real attention to be paid to the corporate agenda. It also incorrectly, I believe, attributes the Strategies 360 poll to the union. Strategies 360 is anti-union according to my research. At least that it what I gleaned from research. I just believe that fighting the politics instead of the policy is a losing battle.

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