Laura H. Chapman: The U.S. Department and Its Love of Data, Data, Data


Too much data. Too little information. Less and less teaching which means? Less learning.

Diane Ravitch's blog

The following comment was posted on the blog by Laura H. Chapman, who has been a teacher, author, and curriculum designer in the arts, now retired. We are very fortunate to have such a brilliant person regularly commenting here. In 2011, the U.S. Department altered regulations governing student privacy to make it easy for third parties to access confidential student data.

I have been looking into issues of data use and privacy. The US Department of Education has a new privacy czar… sort of.

If you want to register a complaint about the loss of privacy due to holes punched in the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) by Arne Duncan and his tech buddies, why not go to the top privacy official at the US Department of Education, Kathleen Styles? She is USDE’s first Chief Privacy Officer—Email: Or go to Michael Hawes, Email: who is her advisor…

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