Originally posted by Kandinsky
reply to post by Frater210
It's a standard school exercise in English lessons or ICT. It's classed as autobiographical writing.
~Your name, birthdate, and place you were born.
~Family members and background
The school admin office already knows these details. The kid's teachers know them too.
Enrollment consisted of Son's name, Mom and Dad's name, address, contact info, and shot records. No family members names, no background info required.
What set me off was the fact that they had him, on his 2nd day of school, fill all of this information out along with other information on a paper
that they collected. Then, they sent him home with this assignment that asked for the same information but not in as great a detail. How could this
information be used? Lots of ways. See the assignment below again with my comments.
You need to include the following pieces of information:
~Your name, birthdate, and place you were born. (Yes, the school received this info upon enrollment)
~Family members and background(They don't need to know how many people are in our family and their names, they don't need to know whether we are
Irish, Jewish, Muslim, whatever.)
~Places you have lived (Again, it's none of their business where we have lived. Whether we lived overseas or in Canada, Mexico, or
~Favorite places you have traveled to (See answer to question above
~Accomplishments you are proud of (This seems harmless at first glance until your kid goes, "I learned how to fire Dad's AR-15 with Mark III scope
this summer with deadly accuracy!)
~Something you want to do or accomplish in the future (Again, apparently harmless until your kid says, "I want to learn how to throw knives and
shoot a bow with the same accuracy as my Dad!")
Be creative and use pictures where possible instead of just writing in information. You can use real photos, magazine pictures, or pictures off the
internet. (Really? Use real photos? So you can assign a face to the names in question 2?)
Yes, I could be over reacting, but alot of information can be gleaned about an individual from some of the smallest insignificant facts. Trouble can
be created by a teacher that dislikes firearms and raises a stink because a child's family is teaching them firearm safety and how to hunt. Also,
where is this information stored? Is it accessible to hackers? The government? It falls into the same category as a store asking you what your phone
number or zip code at checkout. It's none of your business, sell me my items! It's a violation of my kid's privacy, it's a violation of my family's
And it's not a far fetched idea that teacher's could be used for some illicit purpose:
No single target of nazification took higher priority than Germany's young. By 1937, 97% of all teachers belonged to the National Socialist
Teachers' Union. Every member of this union had to submit an ancestry table in triplicate with official documents of proof. Courses and textbooks in
Nazi schools reflected the aims of Hitler. Of the topics that teachers were required to treat, the most important was racial theory and, by extention,
the Jewish problem. In The National Socialist Essence of Education, a German educator wrote that mathematics was "Aryan spiritual property; .. an
expression of the nordic fighting spirit, of the nordic struggle for the supremacy of the world..." An example of racial propaganda in a math
problem is the following: "The Jews are aliens in Germany--in 1933 there were 66,060,000 inhabitants in the German Reich, of whom 499,682 were Jews.
What is the per cent of aliens?"
They later profiled Jews and Gypsy's, put them in ghettoes, and we know what happened from there.
edit on 31-8-2011 by SumerianSoldier because: (no reason given)