Selling our children’s privacy

From the Huffington Post article “Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID, Can’t Vote For Homecoming“:

The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district schools. In an effort to reduce truancy, the district has issued new student IDs with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that tracks the location of a student at all times.

. . . The district has threatened to suspend, fine or involuntarily transfer students who fail to comply and officials have noted that “there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation.”

How did we arrive at a point where we allow schools so much power over our personal habits, over our lives? If you and your child don’t do exactly what the school says, if your child misses too many days, if your child is late too many times, you can be fined or arrested. If you refuse to allow your child to carry a tracking chip, then your child will be suspended, fined, or transferred against his or her will. This is not “study hard and do your best, and the school will do its best to teach you.” This is no longer a reasonable contract.

They are not doing this to keep students safe either. It’s all about the money. They are selling other people’s privacy and freedom for money:

If successful, the tracking program could save the district as much as $175,000 lost daily to low attendance figures, which in part determine school funding. Higher attendance could lead to more state funding in the neighborhood of $1.7 million.

It’s not about safety. It’s not about education. It’s not about student welfare in any way. It’s about money.

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