Pence Endorses Giant Database to Track Hoosier Students from School to the Workplace

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on May 1, 2014 1 Comment

mike-pence_thumb.jpgGee, I’m so thrilled that Governor Mike Pence “repealed” the Common Core in Indiana.  *Snort*  Now he’s turning his attention to student data.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana will track Hoosier students from school to the workplace.

Imagine a giant database filled with every Hoosier student’s elementary and high school achievement test scores, SAT scores, college degrees and eventually job and salary history.

State officials are preparing to build it. They want it to tell them exactly what happens to students who don’t finish high school or who switch majors in college. But the big payoff would be forecasting the job market and using that information to adjust the education system to deliver workers to meet the needs.

Gov. Mike Pence endorses the database, which fits nicely with his plans to narrow the gap between available high-skilled jobs and the number of properly trained Hoosiers available to fill them.

Many agree the goals are laudable, and officials say great care will be taken to strip the database of student names and other information that could identify a person.

Still, Big Brother concerns are creeping in. Some privacy advocates worry about possible security breaches and the reconnecting of personal identities to the data.

Kids are not “workers.”  The insane workforce development focus within education is the wrong direction.  Kids do not go to school just so they can meet the needs of the job market.  And we certainly shouldn’t be tracking their data to that end!

And this is from a “conservative” Governor.

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Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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  1. Mr. Dave says:

    We should go back to pencils and paper…

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