In this article, T.S. Last writes about Santa Fe Public School’s discussions about allowing police to have access on-campus cameras in emergency situations.
This article documents a Yale University research project that includes collecting the DNA of students.
- Is the value of information learned from DNA analysis of students worth the risks to the privacy of the students, especially since the majority are from minority populations that often subjected to privacy issues?
The article quotes Amelia Vance, the director of education policy at the Future of Privacy Forum, “To be clear we are talking about the government actively seeking out children’s social media accounts, both public and private, and combining this information with existing law enforcement or social services records to profile which students are threats… Privacy guardrails must be drawn so parents and students can be sure their rights are protected.”
Should society expect there to be a balance between giving up privacy and identifying threats? Or, is the cost of student privacy too high of a price to identify potential threats?
The article references the story of an autistic teen who dropped out of school after being identified as a threat. He was subject to increased surveillance and monitoring, and officials would not explain to him why we was a threat.
Should society accept the fact that some students may be incorrectly identified as a threat and face lifelong harms as a result of that misidentification? Is that an acceptable tradeoff for potential security gains?
Here is the link to a recent article about how ed tech is progressing Social Emotional Learning. It covers some of the positive and negative aspects of this emerging movement. As with any new technology, it is important to balance the potential gains with any costs, and privacy is a huge cost to weigh.