11 October 2010

It Takes a Surveillance State to Raise a Child

The inexorable march toward total surveillance of our every move continues in this Texas school.  Now the children are forced to wear tracking devices on I.D. badges that allow school officials to know where the children are every minute of the day.

The school officials think this is a peachy idea.  It really cuts down on absenteeism.  Oh yeah, and it makes the children safer.  If you are wondering how these virtual gulag-fences were paid for, just thank your government's latest "stimulus". 

That government wardens want to track children is not surprising.  The template-article by the press giving a paragraph to "privacy advocates' concerns" is not surprising.

In my opinion, the most interesting part of this story is the confirmation of just how successful the brainwashing process that is public education has been.  Check out this excerpt that relates how students are reacting to this policy.  I have added my own emphases in green:

Students haven't complained much about the new badges. Most are used to being electronically monitored; their campuses have had surveillance cameras for years.


"It feels like someone's watching you at all times," said Jacorey Jackson, 11, a sixth-grader at Bailey Middle School.


[...]
Classmate Kamryn Jefferson admitted that it feels a bit awkward to know adults can track her every movement on campus, but she understands the benefits. "It makes you mindful knowing you could get caught if you do something wrong," she added.

Of course, I can only wonder how long before the government, lamenting that these tags (which can be removed by the student) aren't as efficient as they could be, begin to make the case that an RFID chip is necessary to keep our little darlings safe.

Nah, couldn't happen.  Hey, who's going to get voted off Survivor this week?

2 comments:

Clay Boggess said...

ID tags are great for administrators just like online grade checking is perfect for parents. Accountability is a wonderful thing and as a parent of a middle school student I am all for it. What could possibly be the concern about privacy? You can have all the privacy that you want when you are not at school.

dulac90 said...

...or at the airport, or driving through certain intersections, or going to the ballpark, or responding to the census, or working in a hospital, or...