There’s a growing outrage after reports today that Pearson Publishing have been spying on students. It is also reported that Pearson is working with some US education departments to censure students who have discussed tests on social media after taking them. Pearson apparently likes to call this ‘listening and monitoring‘.
I have some questions:
- do the students sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA) prior to the test?
- would an NDA be valid if signed by a minor?
- can Pearson or the education department truly order a school to discipline a student who mentions a test on social media after taking it?
- do Pearson understand we are in a digital age and discussing matters on social media is akin to talking face to face for many kids?
- has Pearson read 1984, and if so, were they taking tips from Winston?
- how is this a sane education system?
No doubt more will unfold on this.
US parents, if your child is harassed regarding test-taking, opting out, or anything relating to tests, you may wish to file a civil rights complaint.
Kiwi parents and teachers, if you are are thinking this doesn’t affect you, remember two things:
* all Kiwi kids have a National Student Number from the day they enter the education system, and
* the TPPA will allow companies to sue countries that they feel infringe on their trade…
Welcome to the loony world of Education Reform.