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Would You Object to a School Keeping Track of Your Student with a Microchip?

It would be implanted in an ID card, not the student, but a Texas school district has still managed to upset at least one parent by planning to keep track of students with microchips.

A Texas school district has upset at least one parent with a plan to keep track of students with microchips. The microchips, however, will not be implanted in the students, just in mandatory identity cards that students would be required to wear.

According to Fox News, a school district spokesman explained it as “GPS in school,” a way to always know where the children are while on campus. One parent reportedly objected to the plan, but was not available to speak to Fox News about it. The school district reportedly claims it would help identify students who claim to be in school when they are not. But others say students would just stash the ID cards in their lockers and people would believe they’re on campus, when they might well not be.

How would you feel about this type of technology being used keep track of your child while attending school? Would you be comfortable with it or is it too intrusive?

Crystal Huskey (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Hm, going to have to strongly disagree with that premise. Microchip card for students, possibly Fascist. Sex offender registry - necessary, glad to have it.
Edward September 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM
The notion that it monitors kids that skip class is ludicrous. If the reason behind these chips was on the basis that the authorities might be able to track kidnapped kids I'd lend an ear, in this case it doesn't make sense. How would they tell for example if the implanted ID belongs to the person carrying it or if one kid has two or more while the ID owners are off campus? It would only work if the chips were surgically implanted and I'm 110% against it. If you want to do it to my kids I vote to have anyone being paid by taxpayers to have said chip implanted all the way up to congress so we know if and when they are on / off the job.
Edward September 14, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Sex offender registry cannot be compared to this, that's a necessary evil so to speak.
Chris September 14, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Exactly. Why waste tax dollars? Might as well let them carry their cell phones and track them at the parent's expense. Seriously, my child was counted absent recently while he was actually in class. I received a recorded phone notification. I gave him a hard time for fun as I knew he was there. Is it really that hard to keep up with the students? Well, maybe in Chicago where the teachers are on strike.
Chris September 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Tom, this already takes place in many work environments that require a badge to enter and exit. Secure Data Centers have been doing this for a long time.
Dave Ballard September 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
High school students and below are NOT adults, and therefore do not have the same "rights" as their parents, or other adults. This particular tech is no more intrusive than a teacher constantly monitoring his or her students' locations, and that most definitely IS their job. But this brings us to the catch: why do we need tech to keep track of students? Teachers did it in my day, they did it in my grandparents' day, why is it too much to ask now? It's too easy to ditch an unattached chip, and there's no way to tell what's happening to the chip-holder without eyes-on anyway. We'll end up with a ton of money spent on implementation, then a ton more spent on upgrades, and THEN there will be an abduction/death/injury of an otherwise "good" student which the schools will try to wash their hands of because the student ditched his or her chip while trying to play hooky, and who could possibly have foreseen that? Oh, and then we'll need to spend more money still on studies to figure out what to replace the obviously ineffective tech with, and do the whole dance all over again. We don't need more tech. We need schools that take their responsibilities seriously.
Edward September 14, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Folks, GPS based tracking is designed to determine and log location, time etc. Bullying and drug dealing for example can ONLY be effectively monitored in real time using video surveillance even in the bathrooms were this practice is rampant. The challenge comes when privacy in rudely violated especially with the ladies room. I'd go old school and hire a bathroom monitor who would, instead of dispense hand washing soap, lotion and fragrances like they do in up scale night clubs, simply ensure school handbook codes are not broken. An extra $1 a month per child would seal the deal, the $$ would come from some education tax hike. It would impact our unemployment woes, parents would be at ease when they dropped their kids off at school, child suicide numbers would go down, potential school shootings might be reduced, grades would improve, self esteem and confidence go up etc etc.
David September 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I say lock them in their room when they turn 13 and don't let them out until they are 21.
Dave Ballard September 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
We have to let them out...?
laura clark September 15, 2012 at 02:22 AM
If they tracked during school hours then 1. Less kids skipping, 2. If someone took one of the kids they would possibly know sooner...
laura clark September 15, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I'm for it..my daughter is really small for her age and has been bullied most of the school years since kindergarden if it prevents that well it would definitely be a blessing for my daughter...
Racer X September 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
It may well do some of those things but I think it is going too far. There are other ways of accomplishing accountability. As far as bullying, my daughter has been trained in how to eliminate that.
Racer X September 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM
.......and parents that take their responsibilities seriously.
Racer X September 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Hi Laura- I am sorry your daughter has had a problem with bullies. More parents should take a more active role in not only teaching their kids about how wrong bullying is, but also how to stand up for smaller kids who are being bullied. In the meantime, no matter what a child's size, it always helps to have large friends.
andrea cordell September 15, 2012 at 04:11 PM
If it's in their locker.... it's not with them in class, is it? One way to solve some of the sneaky ways kids might try to fake out the system would be if they wore it on a lanyard outside their clothiing and it must be visible.
Karsten Torch September 15, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Kind of Big Brotherish and Orwellian, but eh, who cares? It's on their ID. Like said, it won't really do what it's designed to do. At least not that I can see. The problem with this is that it's kind of like a doorway to bigger, more intrusive stuff....
Dave Ballard September 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Mike, your point is well-taken, but since parents aren't likely to be on school grounds supervising their children, and since supervising children during school hours is the topic under discussion, I'm not sure where you're going with that.
Racer X September 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Hey Dave, What I mean by that is that if parents would do a better job at home then the schools would have less truancy, bullying, drug dealing, etc. going on. Making the need for this kind of surveillance less necessary at school. Too many teachers are having to teach AND raise our kids. There should be punishments for parents whose kids disrupt the learning process.
Dave Ballard September 15, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Ah, okay, gotcha. Hey, makes sense to me. Sadly, I think it's going to take a whole heck of a lot more than a GPS chip to solve that issue.
George Wilson September 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM
First, it would be better to put this device on our state politicians' .Someone like Republican senator Bob Balfour who billed the state for sessions that he didn't even attend.Also we could keep track of their movements with lobbyists. Anything coming out of Texas for education or students tends to be right-wing ;i.e., textbooks that teach creationism and minimize the teaching of evolution and incorrect information on sex education.
Dave Ballard September 15, 2012 at 09:01 PM
*eyeroll* So much for this discussion.
North Georgia Weather September 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM
And why do this?
John B September 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
George..no one cares about your dumb butt agenda....your response has nothing to do with the question other than you think it offers you another platform to spew liberal diarrhea.
Global Warming September 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Thanks George. Why not write your own blog so we can not contribute?
Athens Mama September 16, 2012 at 06:49 AM
George - always enjoy reading your comments. You have an impeccable local reputation. Nice to see someone of your stature so open-minded.
Athens Mama September 16, 2012 at 06:50 AM
George - I wouldn't pay too much attention to bloggers who use the words "dumb butt."
John B September 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
And more diarrhea from AM as usual...AM...we know you're unhappy because someone dropped a house on Georgia Democrat....I don't think she's coming back.....
Athens Mama September 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Maybe I should start using the word "dumb butt" and then my input cannot be construed as "diarrhea."
Karsten Torch September 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Aw, darn. I'm really going to miss her. No, really....
Chris September 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Brad Paisley - "I'm Gonna Miss Her" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75SCSbUjDk

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