The Northside Independent School (NIS) District in San Antonio district apparently has such a huge issue with losing kids and therefore, money designated for eduction per student, that it has decided to insert RFID tags into its students’ IDs.
This has to be about the lamest excuse we’ve heard lately for infringing on the privacy rights of others. (Yes, kids are people too.)
The school’s rationale is that, somehow, between the beginning of the school day and throughout, kids keep disappearing and that’s costing them money. They need to be counted each and every single day and afternoon. And in between, if the district schools should so decide.
Beginning with two NIS District schools, John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School, the district will implement its new chips at the start of the current school year. If they can accurately monitor the whereabouts of every student in these two schools, the program will expand to include all 1,100 district schools.
“We want to harness the power of (the) technology to make schools safer, know where our students are all the time in a school, and increase revenues,” school district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told the Express-News.
Our objections, and that of many NIS district parents are that 1. This over-the-top monitoring will accustom our young to simply acquiesce to privacy intrusions and 2. Even though the district is now stating that they will only monitor children on school grounds, we’re still reeling from the Philadelphia brouhaha where a school was sued for allegedly spying on a student off-campus, (the school settled for around $600,000).
We’ll keep you posted as to the future of this kid-chipping (via ID cards) program but it will be with quite a bit of reserve as to its necessity v. the privacy of our children, and by extension, families.
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As always, stay safe.
- Rebellion erupts over school’s student-chipping plan (educationviews.org)
- RFID CHIP UPDATE: 6000 Texas students targeted as guinea pigs for RFID tracking system. (elkhartcountygrassrootshub.wordpress.com)
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