On April 22, 2015, which marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Green 2.0, an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental agencies, released the names of over 25 of America's leading environmental advocacy organizations that voluntarily submitted their diversity data to GuideStar.
When the beverage industry, for instance, helpfully points out that no long-term, randomized trial has specifically implicated their sugary concoction in epidemic childhood obesity, we might consider that no such trial has ever implicated any given snowflake in an avalanche fatality, either. Perhaps avalanches are actually innocuous.
Should students feel safe on campus? Should they access supportive services on campus if there is a need? Should they feel confident in seeking those services that their information will be protected and confidential? Presumably the University would answer 'yes' to those questions, but their actions show the contrary.
Every teacher and school leader needs the training, the tools, the time, and the trust to be able to use data to help students--and to help their parents better support their students learning. I have been fortunate to be part of a school that values and uses information. Doesn't every parent deserve that opportunity? I think so.