Panorama is a company headed by the son-in-law of US Attorney General Merrick Garland (who recently issued a not-so-veiled threat against parents), and was initially funded by Mark Zuckerberg. Our South Bay schools have contracts with Panorama to collect data on students. Beach Cities Health District has also signed contracts with Panorama, so they may also gather data on students.
While the concept of a survey may seem innocent, parents should made aware about the type of data being collected from their children, which includes their beliefs, perceptions and behavior. How is this not an invasion of their privacy? The personally identifiable data will be stored on Panorama’s database and owned by Panorama.
Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) has also partnered with the schools and Panorama in order to gather data on students.
Their contract specifies that Parental Consent is not an obligation of BCHD nor the school district and that the school district is granting access to this data on behalf of parents.
For anyone who feels that the above may sound a bit alarmist, note this quote from the CEO of Panorama, Aaron Fuerer and note how this all ties back to Critical Race Theory:
“We commit to dismantling systemic racism, we commit to embodying and spreading anti-racist practices, and we commit to building systems of opportunity and possibility for students of color. Important areas of impact include student voice, social-emotional learning and mental health, anti-racism practices, diversity and inclusion practices, equitable [Multi-Tiered System of Supports] and behavior practices, conversations around race and identity, recruiting and supporting teachers of color, and systemic approaches to equity.”
We DO support diversity of thought in the classroom and high standards for students of all ethnicities.
We DO support teaching students how to think but not what to think.
We DO NOT support the new educational ideology that prioritizes equal outcomes (equity) ahead of excellence and seeks to divide us on the basis of race.