Arne Duncan says he needs to control children via data-driven decisions. This data will be collected via the Common Core testing system:
“… so that every child knows on every step of their educational trajectory what they’re going to do.”
THIS IS NOT GOOD. Children don’t always know what they want to be when they grow up. Some children make huge mistakes. We don’t want them over-guided and over-tracked. Let kids be kids. Let people make up their minds as they go along! No tracking and pushing, please, Mr. Secretary of Education Duncan.
“You should know in fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth grade what your strengths are, what you weaknesses are.” Yikes! No way!
“We have to be transparent about our data.”
This statement explains so much: why he wrote the Cooperative Agreement that triangulates the data Common Core tests will collect under his watchful eye; why he rewrote FERPA regulations without authority or Congressional oversight, why he paid for states to create SLDS systems to track citizens, why he’s happy about our P-20 tracking councils… What he really means is, YOU have to be transparent about YOUR data; give it to Big Brother.