It’s easy to look at that situation and speculate how “A.D.H.D.” might have become a convenient societal catchall for what happens when kids are expected to be miniature adults. High-stakes standardized testing, increased competition for slots in top colleges, a less-and-less accommodating economy for those who don’t get into colleges but can no longer depend on the existence of blue-collar jobs — all of these are expressed through policy changes and cultural expectations, but they may also manifest themselves in more troubling ways — in the rising number of kids whose behavior has become pathologized.
What type of data will be collected, stored, and shared with private companies?
“inBloom is configured to collect extremely sensitive, personally identifiable student data, including student names, grades, test scores, detailed disciplinary, health and attendance records, race and ethnicity, and economic and disability status. Data fields even include whether a student is pregnant, attends a religiously affiliated school, has refugee status, has been removed from his or her home by Child Protective Services, or been involved with law enforcement for an out-of-school incident.”
Robert Small said he wanted to express his dismay over the introduction of a new school curriculum at a public forum Thursday night in Towson, but instead the Ellicott City parent was pulled out of the meeting, arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer.Small stood and interrupted Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance during a question-and-answer session and began to tell the audience that he believed the new curriculum was lowering the standards of education and was intended to prepare students for community colleges. “You are not preparing them for Harvard,” he said.
Send Robert Small, the parent in the video above, some love. (this address was pulled from a Howard County public meeting document)
10206 Maxine St. Ellicott City, MD 21042-6319
The Common Core is laden with serious problems, and it makes me want to vomit, but not until after I school some folks, out of the loop. I won’t even bring up the fact that it’s (as TeacherX) likes to point out) a $14 billion “Trojan horse for more testing.”