I have had ongoing concerns about how we treat students privacy in schools. Take the following two scenarios, both common in schools.
1. When we talk to students in class about their academic performance, return assessments etc… we typically do it either at the desk in the front of the class or where the student sits. In both scenarios the discussion is effectively public.
2. We are required to have students sign a piece of paper that their grade in KAMAR (student management system) is correct. This is a printed list. When the students signs they can read virtually any other students result from the same page. The list is generated as a standard KAMAR report in hence used by many schools. I informally surveyed a class about this practice, 80% had an issue with this practice.
These practices would not be acceptable in a work place but are perfectly OK in schools.
I personally think not.
The current layout of schools does not provide private but visible work areas in each classroom where these types of discussion could take place… I suspect it may be better in open planned schools, but maybe not? Could a student lodge a compliant with the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner?
Something to think about.