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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 08:54 PM

12. I think the issue is being misrepresented. After reading the Ruters article....

...there doesn't seem to be any plans to RELEASE the data to private companies, just to release the database specification so that private companies can write software to help the schools. Teachers can then use the software to more effectively identify student trends, write lesson plans, etc.

This is a good idea. If a large number of schools are using the same database format then various "aps" can be written that "plug in" - like plug-ins on a browser or plug-ins to an email program. The cost of developing this software then becomes amortized over the large user base and becomes cheaper for the schools.

If this is all there is to it, I don't see what the big deal is. It isn't a privacy issue.

I support it 100%. Being able to help more students and to do so inexpensively is GOOD for our students, GOOD for our teachers, and GOOD for our country.

The downside of ANY technology program in education was expressed well by one consultant quoted in the article:

"The hype in the tech press is that education is an engineering problem that can be fixed by technology," said Frank Catalano of Intrinsic Strategy, a consulting firm focused on education and technology. "To my mind, that's a very naive and destructive view."


This may very well be true. But we have to try it to find out.

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