For several years we’ve been warning on these site about the disturbing trend by governments and private businesses of collecting more and more non-cognitive student data. Yesterday the Federalist ran a great piece by Jane Robbins that identified various national efforts moving in that direction and by implication shows how teachers are becoming more and more like therapists and students are essentially patients.
Robbins rightly identifies how such efforts open the door for indoctrination in our schools and how parents need to flex their rights. Robbins writes:
Regardless on one’s opinions on a given issue, it is parents’ right and authority to discuss these issues with their children, not the government’s to standardized norms about thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs. When government begins manipulating the mindsets of still developing and impressionable children, the dangers are legion. Imagine what Vladimir Lenin could have done with these types of standards, curricula and linkable databases accessible at the touch of a button.
As if parents didn’t have enough to worry about… The article while very disturbing is worth your time — if only to give you an idea of how deeply the feds and other education groups are pushing student data collection with the intent of forming – that is, controlling — child development.