Is Education Going the Dystopian Way?

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

It is crucial for educators and students to question any data collection of student that does not seem right and can be used for any off beam reason. 

FREMONT, CA: It is a given for any institute that the teachers know more a little more about the students since they spend more than 6 to 7 hour a day with them. During the time, educators understand who their students are and their learning habits, as well as the performance or growth on every formative and collective assessment.

The information collected on the students is not just about the academic progress, but beyond that. Schools additionally gather information on:

• Ethnicity, race, and gender.
• Date of birth, address, and state-issued ID or social security number.
• Attendance and participation in special programs.
• Immunizations updates, health assessment details, and prior health services required.
• Parent income, transportation, and information about previous schools.
• Details connected to military families.
• Discipline violation and actions taken.
• Unschooled refugee student or asylum-seeker or migrant.

Most of the things in the list seem unrelated to school, and the main items such as grades, dual course credit, promotion or retention, and graduations are missing. The inventory shows the amount of unprecedented data collected on students, which makes way to wonder why the data is being accessed for and how safe is children identify.

Sloppy Data Collectors

Many EdTech software relies on collecting the student data, and with every instructional program enrolled the information similar to that of schools collecting information such as name, date of birth is gathered. Even though the data assembled is essential, it is vital for educators and parents to find out what happens to the data when the program ends or the pupil moves to another grade or school. EdTech brings with it some severe concerns like: How long is the information stored, will the data be sold, and why the data is being collected.

How to Prevent the Data Dystopia

Teachers and guardians need to question the need for data collection by at any point they think that it is inappropriate. Any organization or enterprise collecting information unnecessarily gives everyone a chill down their spines, mainly because data analysis can be used to build assumptions about learners before they turn adults. So, it is essential to choose the right EdTech Company to implement new tools, and any enterprise refusing to protect the identity of the child should not be chosen.

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