Students use laptop computers in class

As schools increasingly turn to digital technology to help supplement lessons and manage student data, many parents are concerned about who has access to online student information and what it may be used for. A new bill by California Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg would ban companies that provide education technology services to K-12 schools from using the data for any purposes other than those the school intended. We discuss student privacy and the impact of the nearly $8 billion education technology software industry.

Guests:
Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media
Mark Schneiderman, senior director of education policy for the Software and Information Industry Association

  • Ben Rawner

    Last I checked the US school system was doing terrible. Digital tech has the potential to teach more children for less cost. More regulation is just going to slow down the transformation. Private schools who adopt and teach with this new tech lead the way while public schools lag. The guest who wants more regulation is so 20th century. His hypotheticals are already protected by the law, why not catch up to the 21st century and provide the education that the children need to keep up with the world.

    • Bob Fry

      I read recently that when inner-city/minority schools are excluded, US schools compare well on the international school test comparisons. That said, the traditional school model of sending kids away for 6-8 hours a day to sit in classrooms and listen to lectures is hardly optimal anymore and is basically subsidized child care so the parents can both hold jobs.

    • Deb Risch Ingrassia

      “America tests every kid — the mentally disabled, the sick, the hungry, the homeless, the transient, the troubled, those for whom English is a second language…. when the scores of the disadvantaged aren’t counted, American students are at the top.”

      Eight problems with Common Core Standards
      By Valerie Strauss The Washington Post

      That being said, the common core standards bullied into place by the folks out of Washington means that our children’s education will be as widely accessed as… let’s say our medical records thanks to Obamacare.

  • Guest

    Putting any data online just makes theft of it easier.

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