How soon can we disband the Dept. of Education? Stop funding now. This nonsense must end. I hardly know how to even comment on this asinine behavior of another Marxist. There soon will be nothing left of our country to even save. This is a deliberate attempt to eliminate local School control under threat of loss of funding. Why the kids blood type? Recall our earlier story TSA to start collecting our DNA at points of entry Arnie Duncan wants the info to include such things as hair color, eye color, gestational age at birth (whether a child was premature or not), blood type, blood test results, birth marks, and even bus stop arrival time.
From Pajamas Media
Among other creepy things. Duncan’s DoE appears to be doling out federal funds intending to push aside state and local school boards, establish federal curricula, and gather all sorts of personal data.
Forty-one states — plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands — have signed on to a set of standards that makes local school boards all but superfluous. State boards of education become redundant as well if curricula are decided at a national level rather than at a state level.
Local control, long a hallmark of the U.S. education system, would be lost to a “one size fits all” solution imposed by bureaucrats who cannot possibly know the needs or challenges of a local school district.
Indeed PJM has seen the data sets — and they might be accurately described as a brave new world. While not all of the information in these sets is mandatory at this time, the level of detail being asked for is unsettling.
The sets include such things as hair color, eye color, gestational age at birth (whether a child was premature or not), blood type, blood test results, birth marks, and even bus stop arrival time.
These datasets are from the National Education Data Model. From its website:
NEDM is the single, comprehensive model of education data and is prerequisite to establishing automated and comparable systems.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Department of Education — already ensnared by allegations of insider trading — appear to be maneuvering for greater federal influence over state education boards. The vehicle: a supposedly state-led effort titled “Common Core Curriculum.” Says Gretchen Logue, co-editor of missourieducationwatchdog.com:
Arne Duncan ran the Race to the Top competition, but only a few states got money from that. … They had all this money left over and they told the states if they wanted it they had to sign on to Common Core standards. Most states signed on.
CCC itself is only a vehicle to put in place a database of student data, which Logue says would be shared across several federal departments including Education, Commerce, and Labor. Parts of thisdatabase already exist and are used by local school districts to send data to their state boards of education, which compile the data and pass it on to the federal government. Says Logue:
It was a way for school districts to get information to the states and the states would then compile it and send it on to the federal government. … It was fairly innocuous.