When I was in school, there were no metal detectors greeting us at the door nor armed police — and children were in their classrooms at the expected times. Those that were not got detention and eventually were suspended from school. We knew that in order to get an education our rears needed to be in our seats, attention on the teacher.
It seems that things have changed just a bit since then and one high school in San Antonio took it to the level of issuing student identification cards containing RFID chips that allow school administrators to know where the students are at any given time while they are on the school campus.
The school has a major problem, apparently, with students being in the school building but not in the right place in the building — which leads to the school missing out on nearly two million dollars in state education funding. I can imagine many ways to entice students to be in their classrooms at the right time that would not involve treating them like animals. Considering the amount of money that is at stake, it would seem more prudent to offer incentives to the student to make it to class on time, be it in the form of punishment or reward.
One student who refused to wear the RFID cards had the threat of suspension leveled against him — for the ‘crime’ of not wanting to be tracked around the school like a deer wandering around the woods.
In addition to not wanting to wear the identification tags, the student and her father were blocked from distributing literature about the danger of the RFID tags in the school. The good news is that a judge recently ruled that the school is not allowed to suspend the student from school because of the refusal to wear the RFID tags and she and her father cannot be stopped from distributing informational literature about RFID tags.
It seems clear that the school is trying to inculcate the students into a world where their every move and eventually thought is tracked — whether by the government or not. I am glad that there are students out there that are resisting this insanity.