Mercedes Schneider posted a critique of a webinar hosted by the Education Writers Association on the subject of data-mining and student privacy.

She was upset that the panel of three included two cheerleaders for data mining and the third produced research funded by Microsoft.

The post was strong, but the letters that followed are amazing. She got responses from the CEO of inBloom, defending it, from privacy experts, from the researcher whose viewpoint she challenged, and from parent advocates.

This is the best, most free-wheeling discussion, including all points of view, that I have seen on this vital subject.