Student Record Privacy

If anyone is versed in FERPA laws and regulations, perhaps you could help me to figure this out….In a New York Times article on privacy in education, the creators of a behavioral tracking software called ClassDojo have implemented a new policy to only hold student records for a year and then they will be deleted. For me, it seems that the issue that would come into play would be regarding the “sensitive” and “confidential” records that are being kept by a third-party company who is responsible for the administration of the database at educational institutions. Is this not the kind of information that historically has been kept on file longer, but also has been kept “in-house?’ In the age of information security breaches and social media, what would happen if a student became someone important in society (let’s say a celebrity because we are that vain in how we view important people), and somehow the student’s behavioral records were “accidentally leaked” to the public? Not only would this be a violation of FERPA, but it could prove to be an interesting issue in the future; but perhaps only saving the records for 1 year would seek to mitigate these potential issues instead of keeping a permanent file that could be leaked, released, or tampered with in the future. Still, it would seem that holding this kind of information gives people who do not have an “educational need to know” as defined in FERPA policies access to confidential records about a student. Is this beneficial or potentially harmful for educational entities?

 

Link to Article: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/classdojo-adopts-deletion-policy-for-student-data/?_r=0

More information on FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) visit http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

 

 

Thought of the Weekend

Though people may make it difficult to get a good education, find a good job, and place many other obstacles between non-whites and success, they are not stopping anyone from doing anything.
No one is forcing kids to drop out of school, no one is forcing people to commit crimes. Perhaps what we should be thinking about is why are these such a popular choices?

The Tale of an HBCU with a 90% White Student Population

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One of the most interesting stories regarding Higher Education that I have come across recently is about an HBCU, Bluefield State (Historically named Bluefield Colored Institute), that now has a 90% White student population. I must admit, that I have never come across any other stories on the history of the declining Black student population at this institution, nor have I ever heard much about it at all. But it was both shocking and sad to learn what has come of the legacy of this institution. Below is the link to what I read about it. I encourage you to read it and comment if you would like to share your thoughts!

The Whitest Historically Black College in America- Link

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Closing the “color” Gap in Public Schools: An open discussion

How can we increase the population of minority public school educators and administrators in this country? Our schools are populated with students of color, but few educators of color to teach and lead them…. For more details on this alarming problem, see the following article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/03/student-teacher-demographics_n_5738888.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000595 Please feel free to provide comments.

 

The Mike Brown “Special”

Are you disturbed yet? Are you really understanding what has been going on in our society for decades? Do you truly understand the social injustices that continue to occur? That we are NOT a “post-racial” society? That systems of power, privilege, and oppression are still in full force? Wake Up, Realize, Learn, Challenge the system, become a Change Agent!

Mike Brown Special

Texas governor Rick Perry Indicted

Well I cannot say I didn’t see this coming, he’s been running amok in Texas politics for as long as I can remember and eventually every dog has its day…
Perry calls it a “Political Farce” but is it farcical?
To make a long story short, Perry the Republican Texas Governor has been replacing every Democrat in office with a Republican, and when a particular Democrat stood up to him by not resigning, he cut the budget to her entire department, which is illegal. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that this particular office investigated the ethics of elected officials.

Police

Police are like dogs. Their behavior is dependent on their masters. Who are the masters of the police? Their job is to protect and serve the wealthy and politically active and to enforce the will of those in power. Until they start murdering the rich or until minorities start to start to take a more political approach on the whole, this will only be an issue in which we are talking loud, but no one is actually listening. Discussion is great, but it needs to leads to action.

Return to segregation?

In this (once again great) Frontline report, they examine the return to segregation in american schools:

Here in texas we have been watching the gradual change in the quality of education. Over the last 20 years, and even more recently it seems, even to a casual eye, that it is harder and harder to get a good education from a public school when you are in a large city. Inner city schools have not always been bad, but what is the reason that they are so poor these days, to the point where the middle class no longer believe in them, and those that are in them, feel stuck with them? What is it that make people believe that public schools aren’t even worth the effort in trying to save them?

An Open Discussion on Money & Racism in the US

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Racism and Money are both topics that spur much dialogue, debate, research, controversy, and a plethora of emotions.

Although some people believe that we are now a “post racist” society, there are many who still believe that because of historical institutional contexts, racism still very well exists in today’s society.

Moving along to the subject of money,

even typing the phrase “money in America” into Google brings forth a wide array of topics, resources, and information from images of the US dollar, to articles on the use of money as a form of social control, to money and politics, and even wealth inequality in America.

So let’s once again combine the two concepts “Money and Racism.” When I first think of these two concepts together, my mind instantly tries to make a correlation between the two and prompts instant questions like: Is money one of the institutional ideologies that contribute to racism? Is money one of the major reasons for the proliferation of racism in America? How did money and racism contribute to the success and decline of slavery in America? Does racism play into the economic disparities among racial/ethnic groups in the US? Is money a system of social control that involves racism in some way?

Again, there are certainly opposing views and opinions about all of these questions. In my opinion, our capitalist society yields both positive and negative influences on our economic and social positions as a nation, and racism definitely plays into this. We cannot deny that there is economic disparity within this country that is directly tied to racism. We also cannot deny that there are systems of oppression in place that contribute to the disparity of wealth but also contribute to the inability for certain people to progress economically. This means that our ideal of capitalism that we hold so near and dear in society is tainted and distorted.

One thing I believe that we can and should do is discuss this issue in a civil manner. While I continue to explore the correlation between these two concepts, feel free to take a look at other viewpoints/sources of info. on the web and comment that I have provided below.

I believe this to be a fascinating topic of discussion that is long overdue on BBS. Will you contribute to the discussion? Your contributions are strongly encouraged!

  1. American Money: The Economic Origins or Racism from BET News :   http://www.bet.com/news/national/2013/02/05/american-money-the-economic-origins-of-racism.html
  2. Racism is About Money and Power: The Race Card Project : http://theracecardproject.com/racism-money-power/
  3. Racism Influences How People Deal with money: Jezebel: http://jezebel.com/5795514/racism-influences-how-people-deal-with-money