Source: Education Week
By Susan Riley
As debate rages on about Common Core and its implementation across the nation, students are sitting in classrooms waiting for things to change. Many are still locked into traditional courses with teachers who are overwhelmed, nervous and frustrated. Teachers everywhere are facing challenges in finding time to unpack these new standards, discover best practices for their implementation, and still provide innovative instruction for their students. Meanwhile, as we read more reports stating that other countries are outpacing the United States in education, fear mounts that our students will no longer be able to compete in a global economy. We are all, for better or worse, riding on a shift.
Source: Edutopia Common Core
Fordham School of Law’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP), headed by Joel Reidenberg, has released an eye-opening and sobering study of how public schools are handling privacy issues with regard to cloud computing. The study is called Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools, and it is well worth a read.
Context: Education Privacy
What’s the greatest threat to children’s privacy? Social media sites? Search engines? Children’s sites?
The answer, in my opinion, is none of the above. The greatest threat to children’s privacy is schools.
When it comes to privacy issues, schools are in the Dark Ages. I cannot think of any other industry that is so far behind. Parents worry all the time about their children’s privacy online, but they often have little idea of the threats to privacy that involve schools. If the average K-12 school were a company, it would surely be the subject of a barrage of media coverage, Congressional investigations, and much more. Unfortunately, education privacy often exists below the radar, and this area hasn’t received the attention it needs.
Education privacy is regulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). When it was passed in the early 1970s, FERPA was one of the first federal privacy laws and the education sector became one of the first earliest sectors to have privacy regulated at the federal level. But this statute is now antiquated. Its shortcomings are legion, as I discussed earlier in another post.
That’s why the CLIP report is so important. It sheds light on just how dire the privacy situation is for schools. And it makes important recommendations for improvement.
Source: Stop Common Core Illinois