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Tiff was just here and told me about a meeting she had to go to today. Apparently the United States, in its wisdom (rolls eyes) has decided to collected detailed information on all students. In addition, things like discipline reports will be appended. Included is data tying individuals to specific teachers.
Once that type and quantity of information is collected there is no way to keep it from getting out to insurance companies, prospective employers, and so on, which is why it should be illegal to collect it in the first place.
As I said to Tiff, it locks people into place and makes it difficult to change. In the future a child who was reprimanded at 13, for, say, spray painting a picture of Pol Pot on the gym, who then grows up and wants to run for public office, can look forward to that incident being brought up.
It seems likely to be heading to teacher merit pay, which will leave teachers in difficult and underfunded schools out in the cold while teachers in middle-class-and-up schools will get rewarded. As I've always said, teachers can't be totally responsible for a child's education; the family and society itself play a huge part.
posted by - 7:51 PM