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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Parents Are Protesting Data Mining of Their Children’s Highly Personal Information
By Carole Hornsby Haynes | March 22, 2017   Texas Insider  Education Views

Across the nation parents are protesting the data mining of their children’s highly personal information. As the collection of educational data on students has increased across the K-12 sector, so has concern about who has access to that data and how to best shield it.  Many lawmakers in dozens of states have stepped forward with bills to protect the privacy and security of sensitive student information.  

NAEP To Psychologically Profile Students On 2017 Test

By Carole H. Haynes | July 14, 2016  Education Views

John Stuart Mill, called the “most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century," characterized government schools in his 1859 treatise On Liberty.

Nosy Data Mining In Public Schools Is Straight From

Communist Playbook

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. |  November 8, 2015   Education Views

All 50 states have been mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to establish inter-connected “longitudinal databases” accumulating information on every student from pre-kindergarten through workforce (P-20W)!

Student privacy was shredded in 2011 when the U.S. Department of Education seized unauthorized authority.  With the stroke of a pen, the USDOE reinterpreted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g) to allow a student’s academic record to be shared with virtually anyone, including non-governmental organizations, without prior written parental consent.  For-profit education technology companies can use the FERPA information to develop software for students, teachers, and administrators.

Digital Learning Expanded by Texas Lawmakers Despite Dangers

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. February 8, 2019

The 2019 Texas legislature is rushing headlong into expanding technology in K-12, forcing children into more “personalized learning,” a euphemism for replacing teachers with digital screens. Ignoring volumes of proof that digital learning has lowered academic achievement and created mental and psychological problems, states spend $5 billion each year of taxpayers’ money on technology.

Fed & EdTech Partnership Pushes Data Mining And Video Games Into Classrooms

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. November 14, 2018   Excerpt from "The Harmful Consequences of Screen Technologies in Texas Education"

The U.S. Department of Education has become increasingly aggressive in demanding more personal data on students for various federal grants.

EdTech Platform Sold to Surveillance Company

By Carole Hornsby Haynes May 9, 2022   Originally published at Texas Scorecard

Rhithm is back in the news. The Texas startup has been sold to one of four technology companies being investigated by two U.S. Senators who noticed that student surveillance, emotional screenings, and intrusive surveys are fast becoming the norm for many public school classrooms. 

Rhithm’s website previously described its app as a “biopsychosocial assessment." By definition, a BPS assessment is typically conducted by therapists and counselors at the beginning of therapy and assesses for biological, psychological and social factors that can be contributing to a problem or problems with a client.

Corporate Takeover of American Classrooms 

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. November 15, 2018    Excerpt from "The Consequences of Screen Technologies in Texas Education"

Rather than creating products that teachers need and want to use, Silicon Valley tech giants decide what they want to sell and then create a sales pitch such as “personalized learning” – code for computerized education that replaces teachers.

Texas Classrooms Expose Young Children to Harm With Addictive Digital Screens

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. November 3, 2018   Excerpt from "The Harmful Consequences of Screen Technologies in Texas Education"

The TEA is pushing addictive video programs into grades pre-K through 8.  Classroom technology not only leads to worse academic performance for kids, it can also clinically hurt them.

Two hundred peer-reviewed studies have connected screen time to increased ADHD, increased aggression, anxiety, screen addiction, depression, and even psychosis. Children under 10 are especially susceptible to screen addiction.

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