The multi-billion dollar inBloom repository is to close, according to the NY Times. Funded by a $100 million grant from the Gates Foundation, inBloom is the controversial student data repository that was to hold more than 400 data points for every child in the United States.
InBloom is a non-profit software company with high-salaried employees that hoped to make a killing from keeping detailed records of every Pre-K – 12th grade student. It’s part of Common Core’s ugly intrusion on the personal lives of every person in the United States.
The venture was supposedly aimed at streamlining how teachers and administrators access data. The 400 data points would follow each child throughout their lives before they are even able to give consent to having their privacy invaded.
Some of the details were very intimate — including family relationships (“foster parent” or “father’s significant other”) and reasons for enrollment changes (“withdrawn due to illness” or “leaving school as a victim of a serious violent incident”) and much more. Parents objected to a third party acquiring and storing the information.
It especially became problematic when inBloom uploaded children’s Social Security numbers, it was the death knell for inBloom. Also problematic was when New York state legislators passed legislation prohibiting the state department of education from giving student information to data aggregators like inBloom and the state reversed plans to use the service.
Iwan Streichenberger, the chief executive of inBloom, said that “personalized learning was still an emerging concept.” He said that “inBloom, as an infrastructure layer of that ecosystem, had been “the subject of mischaracterizations and a lightning rod for misdirected criticism.”
Iwan Streichenberger with Bill Gates
Oh, yeah, I’m sure. Anyway, they will be back so keep alert on this one. There is a lot of money to be made in data mining our children’s records.
Hasta La Vista baby!
h/t Grumpy Opinions