Category Archives: Data Mining

0329_Coalition Calls on Congress to Rewrite FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) of 1974 – Truth in American Education _ April 17, 2018

Donna Jack
April 22, 2018

Note:  FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law).   It governs access of educational information and records to public entities (potential employers, foreign governments, publicly funded educational institutions, …)
It was designed to protect information of children, but that protection no longer exists.

Donna Garner alerts us to efforts to bring back protection of private data of students and families.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:20 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: COALITION CALLS ON CONGRESS TO REWRITE FERPA– PROTECT CHILDREN’S PERSONAL DATA — TAE- 4.17.18

4.17.18 – Truth in American Education

 https://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/coalition-calls-on-congress-to-rewrite-ferpa/

 “Coalition Calls on Congress to Rewrite FERPA”

On Tuesday, American Principles Project and individuals from more than 100 organizations including Education Liberty Watch and Eagle Forum called on Congress to rewrite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In a letter to the House Education and Workforce Committee, they implored Congress to recognize that citizens have a property interest in their personal data and that Congress should protect that interest. Continue reading

0323_March 28, 2018_Facebook is deeply enmeshed in education data mining and it’s probably affecting your children_ McGroarty_ J Robbins

Donna Jack
April 10, 2018

Facebook is not the friend of its users.  Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins have another well-researched, documented, eye-opening article.

Quotes from article below:

many schools and districts routinely use Facebook to communicate with students and parents, but the social-media site may be embedded as a key component of personalized learning (actually depersonalized learning, as it marginalizes teachers in favor of training students by machine).

“Perhaps parents will now stop trusting and start demanding answers about the online platforms – not just Facebook — their children are forced to use at school. What data is being collected, who has access to it, and what are they doing with it?

“If the answers aren’t satisfactory, parents should demand that their children be taught without the technology that creates such massive threats to privacy. Perhaps a teacher and a book?

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:59 AM

3.28.18 – Daily Caller
http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/28/facebook-education-data-mining-affects-children/

 “Facebook Is Deeply Enmeshed In Education Data Mining
And It’s Probably Affecting YOUR Children”

 EMMETT MCGROARTY AND JANE ROBBINS
Director, Senior Fellow, American Principles Project

Revelations about the machinations of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have illuminated the gaping holes in so-called “data security” at Facebook. The personal information of approximately 50 million people was given to (apparently not stolen by) Cambridge, a political profiling firm that used the data to create highly detailed voter profiles for the 2016 Trump campaign. The fact that the Obama campaign did essentially the same thing in 2012 hasn’t muted the outrage. Continue reading

0303_WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? (SEL) – BY J. R. WILSON (2/7/18) — possible federal ESSA funds for SEL

Donna Jack
February 11, 2018

A quotation from the article “What is so great about social-emotional learning” by J. R. Wilson (later in this blog piece):

Which comes first, feeling good about yourself so you can
accomplish something worthwhile,
or accomplishing something worthwhile
so you have something to feel good about?

Search online, and on the Table of Contents page of this site, for other information about SEL (Social Emotional Learning).  Social emotional learning (SEL) has been taking place in schools for decades, but SEL is now specifically named in the schools, and is touted as what education should be all about.

ESSA (federal education program) provides funding for SEL.  That is one result of ESSA being nationally implemented.  No, we have not gotten rid of Common Core and federal control of education.  You can find the following information online:

Funding for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act_Dec. 10, 2015)

http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding.pdf
The list contains the specific programs (title and section number) for which ESSA funds may, potentially, be spent to support social-emotional learning (SEL) activities. 

For those programs in existence under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), funding levels are provided for FY 2016.
ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding_downloaded June 11, 2018 w link

Also search this site for “ESSA”(Every Student Succeed Act) – the federal legislation that cemented Common Core into federal law.  Note:  people in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education deny what ESSA did — and instead they parrot words claiming ESSA eliminated Common Core — claiming that education is now decided on a local level.  That is not what happened.  People too often parrot what they are told, without finding out for themselves.  Search this site for “Betsy DeVos.”

Understanding what SEL actually is, will enlighten you about:
1) a main cause of the dumbing down of American education;
2)  the data-gathering on identified students and everyone that touches their lives;
3)  the collecting of personal data, and storing it with personal identifiers — then distributing that data at will;
4) and the mind and behavior control that is actively taking place in schools across the country.  [This is all Type #2 education, rather than Type #1 education – see Home Page of this site]

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From: Henry W. Burke [mailto:hwburke@cox.net]
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:16 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Subject: WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? – BY J. R. WILSON — TAE– 2.7.18

2.7.18 – Truth in American Education
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/social-emotional-learning/great-social-emotional-learning/

What Is So Great About Social-Emotional Learning?
by J. R. Wilson

Continue reading

0299_Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce_ YouTube of the session_ transcript of her opening statement_ Jan. 30, 2018

Donna Jack
February 1, 2018

Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  She shared her concern about the out-of-control sharing of the personal information of individual students.

You can watch her give her opening statement at:  [39:04 / 2:21:55] in the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ6nzz013OQ 

And you can read the transcript of her opening testimony later in this blog piece.   

Hearing on Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: 

Some of the locations on the video, where Jane Robbins speaks:

 Answer57:07 / 2:21:55;
Question: 1:06:39 / 2:21:55 – Answer by Jane:  1:07:42 / 2:21:55 (use aggregate data, and consent for personal data —  stop funding things that don’t work);
Question to Jane: 1:17:29 / 2:21:55; Answer: put parents back in charge of their children’s education — government not choose their education track;
Question to Jane: 1:19:45 / 2:21:55; Answer:1:21:11 / 2:21:55 education research over past years has been designed to reach a predetermined conclusion — needs to be unbiased — need more open broad-based research (even some that is out of favor)
Question: 1:28:07 / 2:21:55
Etc.

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From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:13 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: JANE ROBBINS TESTIFIES TO HOUSE COMM. ON ED. & THE WORKFORCE — EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING & THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION — TAE – 1.30.18

1.30.18 – Truth in American Education

 [Please go to the following website to see the videos, transcripts, and embedded links in this TAE article. – Donna Garner]
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/jane-robbins-testifies-house-committee-education-workforce/ Continue reading

0291_Jan. 1, 2018_DeVos’ Speech on Education Reform_ The Good, The Bad, and the Incomplete_ Jane Robbins, Emmett McGroarty excerpts _Common Core _ ESSA

Donna Jack
January 18, 2018

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty say U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos is missing the obvious

Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty sent out an article, part of which is in this blog post.

In their article they point out that DeVos recommends making all learning individualized, with each student in front of a computer, possibly at home.

Jane and Emmett point out that:  “so-called personalized learning is actually depersonalized, computerized training rather than genuine education.

Robbins and McGroarty suggest Betsy DeVos improve education by:

(1) freeing the states from all federal mandates to the extent she can under the law; (2) working with Congress to revise ESSA to eliminate all mandates; and (3) creating a workable plan to shut down her department.”  (The U.S. Department of Education)

Editorial comment – more needs to be done: 

There also needs to be a change in the content of what is taught in schools, and how students are being taught in schools — changing from Type #2 education, and returning to Type #1 education.  [Type #1 and Type #2 education are discussed on the Home Page of this website, and in blogs:  0005, 0091, and 0247]

Teachers need to be taught to teach, rather than being trained and forced to be facilitators and baby-sitters, spying and reporting on students, parents and other teachers.

Information on ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act)

ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act) codified individual data tracking, social, emotional, behavioral and attitude standards and interventions, and a lot more:   0252, 0248, 0244, 0206, 0205, 0097

ESSA didn’t change some of what was already going on in many schools, but since it became federal law in December 2015, it has been officially forcing every school to comply.

Betsy DeVos’ American Enterprise Institute (AEI) speech linked in full

You can read here the full transcript of the speech U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave on January 16, 2018, at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” Continue reading

0290_January 12, 2018_ Blockchain Technology and Education_ by Jane Robbins_ Truth in American Education — Parents who care should take note

Donna Jack
January 12, 2018

Parents need to begin to pay attention to what is going on within the schools of this nation — and seriously ask if it is safe to keep their children within the federal system.

It is dangerous to blindly fall for catchy phrases connected with learning.  If a parent cares about their child and their future, the parent should dig into the meanings and implications connected with:  digital learning; personal data collection connected to their child or children; easy ways to get college credit; individualized education – and a host of other current educational terms, theories and practices.  Don’t be intimidated by the fancy language — and find out what is really happening in school.

Learn about “Blockchain Technology in Education.”  An excerpt from article below:  “In education, blockchain would enable all student records from any source to be uploaded into the system and shared with authorized users as part of a life-long dossier, or ‘digital transcript.'”

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 From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 5:10 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION – BY JANE ROBBINS –TRUTH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION- 1.12.18

1.12.18 – Truth in American Education

 https://truthinamericaneducation.com/education-reform/blockchain-technology-education/

 “Blockchain Technology and Education” — by jane robbins

Sony Corporation and Sony Global Education (SGE) recently announced development of a system to apply blockchain technology to education. Parents who are concerned about the increasing digitalization of their children’s education, about security of their private data, and about the future of education in general should take note. Continue reading

0268_Paul Ryan-Patty Murray bill permits and requires creation of national database_Part 1: Eagle Forum_ vote to be in Congress Nov. 15_how to contact Congress

Donna Jack
November 13, 2017

[Next blog – information sent out today by Susan Berry, with information on this same subject.]
[At end of this article:  How to make calls, and how to find out who represents you in Congress and in your state.]
[Copy of HR 4174 — 2017-11-13_HR 4174_text_require Fed eval activities_Improve …data mgt…other purposes]

Bill in Congress to further eliminate privacy of everyone.

A bill in Congress, is attempting nationally take away the privacy of all of us — in the name of transparency.  Do not be fooled by glowing reports from the Dept. of Education (Betsy DeVos).  She has a long history of supporting financially, and supporting by being on the board of a national group that has always supported Common Core.  (Example: Jeb Bush’s FEE – Foundation for Excellence in Education — which has always been aligned with nationalizing education through Common Core).

See other blogs on this site that talk about Betsy DeVos’ actual words and her actual actions connected with education. Though many of her words sound good, not all of them do.  Find those blogs by typing in her name after you click the “spy glass” at the top of this page.

Eagle Forum alerts us to a vote that is scheduled to happen in the US House of Representatives
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Eagle Forum, founded by Phyllis Schlafly, always has been on the front line, protecting our freedoms and our national sovereignty.

You can read below, and link here, to their excellent, thorough information on HR 4174 sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan – legislation which is due for a vote this Wednesday.

http://mailchi.mp/eagleforum/help-protect-student-citizen-data-privacy-house-vote-on-hr-4174-national-database-bill-on-wednesday-11-15-call-to-say-no?e=11c5468dae

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Eagle Forum Nov. 13, 2017 letter – HR 4174:
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Continue reading

0256_Revealing interview Sept 13, 2017: Two Security Contractors say they were pressured early 2013, to keep quiet on Benghazi — video and transcript of interview_ Links to book and movie 13 Hours, about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017/Oct. 16, 2017 update

Book and movie giving accounts of the Benghazi terrorist attack:

Book 13 Hours about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack (2014 publication).
Movie 13 Hours about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack (released January 15, 2016).
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SHOCKING Sept. 2017 INTERVIEW WITH 2 SECURITY CONTRACTORS
WHO WERE AWARE OF CONDITIONS BEFORE BENGHAZI ATTACK

Watch a breaking-news interview with two security contractors who were threatened by a high official in Hillary Clinton’s State Department — to remain silent after the terrorist attack on our U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.

These men have come forward, in the hope that something may be done under this presidency, to correct the errors that led to the deaths and destruction In Benghazi, just before the 2012 presidential election.

Watch the Tucker Carlson interview here:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5574884996001/?#sp=show-clips

Contractors: We were pressured to keep quiet on Benghazi

Sep. 13, 2017 – 4:30 – Five years after the deadly Benghazi attacks, two contractors tell Fox News’ Catherine Herridge that a senior official in the Clinton State Department wanted them to keep quiet because they knew too much #Tucker

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW:

Tucker Carlson (Tucker Carlson tonight)         Catherine Herridge (CH)

TUCKER:  And five years after Benghazi, two security contractors are speaking out to Fox News.  They allege they were pressured to keep quiet by a senior official in the Clinton State Department.  “They knew too much,”“ they said.  Catherine Herridge has this exclusive report for us.

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CH:  Was the State Department Contract officer trying to silence you?

#Geri Torres   Oh, absolutely. Continue reading

0255_“Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan” By Dr. Susan Berry–THAT IS NOT SO

Donna Jack
October 14, 2017

Summary statement from end of article below:

“Too many of the people selected for K-12 policy can be expected to continue the trajectory launched by progressive educators a century ago and reaching new heights under Obama and his secretaries,” she [Dr. Susan Berry] asserts.… ”

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From Donna Garner:   pdf here or see below:

10.13.17 – Breitbart

 “Bill Bennett Touts Trump Has More Conservative Cabinet Than Reagan”
By Dr. Susan Berry

 http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/13/bill-bennett-touts-trump-conservative-cabinet-reagan/

 Dr. Bill Bennett, secretary of education under President Ronald Reagan, told attendees at the Values Voter Summit Friday that President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is a “more conservative cabinet” than Reagan’s Cabinet was.

Bennett – now a radio host and author – specifically named current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “my friend … who is fighting to empower parents,” as an example of conservatism, and defended her signature policy of school choice.

However, both Bennett and DeVos have come under fire from many conservative parents throughout America for their support – mentioned or otherwise – for the Common Core standards. The movement to eradicate the federally funded and supported Common Core has been led by one of the most significant “populist” grassroots efforts in decades.

As Breitbart News reported in 2014, Bennett drew the ire of anti-Common Core parents throughout the country after penning an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that made a “conservative case for Common Core.”

 In his column, Bennett reiterated all the “talking points” of the pro-Common Core education establishment. His remarks – especially from one who served in Reagan’s Cabinet under a president who had desired to eliminate the U.S. Education Department (USED) – led to an uproar. Ultimately, Bennett admitted that public relations, lobbying, and business consulting firm DCI Group had paid him to write the column. Continue reading