Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It used to be that most acknowledged privacy was a good thing

We have yet another reason for homeschooling: Protecting your children's privacy.

WILL NEW EDUCATION REGULATIONS ENDANGER YOUR CHILD’S PRIVACY? has the latest encroachment at government schools:

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education issued a controversial proposal to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA was signed into law in 1974 with the sole purpose of protecting students’ educational records. Now, the law is being dramatically altered in an effort that critics claim will endanger student privacy, while increasing the federal government’s access to and control over private information.

The Department of Education’s web site, describes FERPA as a Federal law that “…protects the privacy of student education records.” According to some advocates, proposed changes dramatically alter its intended purpose.

Later the article explains:

With more student data falling into the hands of a greater number of researchers, one also wonders how individual student data will be kept safe. States will need to take on the task of training any and all teachers and support staff with access to the system. Simple mistakes happen, but in this case a small error could mean the exposure of very private information.

One of my first reasons for homeschooling was I felt the public schools had almost destroyed my love for learning.  When my daughters were young, like most little children, they were constantly asking why, how, what and so on.  They were hungry for knoweldge and understanding.  As a young child I had also been thirsty to learn, but after twelve years of public school I came to see education as a chore, as a punishment.

I just checked with my two oldest daughters, ages 14 and 16, and they both say they like to learn interesting things.  Yeah!

Years ago when we started homeschooling it never occurred to us that we might also be protecting the privacy of our children.  Homeschooling has so many benefits!

Hat tip: Spunky Homeschool

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