Great write-up in Forbes about how to think about student data privacy in our digital age.
Privacy is a big deal these days. Student privacy is an especially big deal. Still, there’s a bit of ironic absurdity here. Naively, we seem more or less okay with the idea that just about every social interaction our kids have is mediated and tracked through a corporate-controlled commercial filter—every text message, email, video conference call, Snapchat, Instagram etc.—but we’re outraged at the idea that the same thing might happen during the school day. Huh? The whole Student Data Privacy issue, therefore, is not just about Google-style data analytics or big-brother type surveillance fears, it is also about some deep neurotic relationship we have to the very institution of school itself.