Houston School Districts To Use Electronic Cattle Tags On Children

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In a sense, it’s positive that we at least care about our children’s whereabouts as much as prized livestock. The Dallas Morning News writes:

Two school districts in the Houston area have begun monitoring students whereabouts on campus by issuing them identification badges with radio frequency identification technology – the same technology used to track cattle.

The Spring school district in Houston has distributed the ID badges to about 13,500 of its 36,000 students since December 2008. The Santa Fe school district, about 30 miles south of Houston, began using the badges this year.

School officials say the devices improve security and increase attendance rates, a figure that’s important because some school funding is tied to attendance. ”It feels like someone’s watching you at all times,” said Jacorey Jackson, 11, a sixth-grader at Bailey.

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  • MadHierophant

    Slaughterhouse sold separately. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      You mean retail?

      • MadHierophant

        Anything soul-crushing, really, but retail definitely counts. 

  • tchoutoye

    This will give the school districts a false sense of security as they’ll be monitoring the badges, not the children themselves.

  • Ciggy

    teachers are trying to get a pay raise without teaching anything.  

    • Jin The Ninja

      it’s the administration, not the teachers. teachers get a bad rap on this board (sometimes deservedly so) but the real culprits are the mba’s who are increasingly being voted onto school boards and invited to serve as district administrators. there, these people, are running a neo-liberal capitalist experiment trying to adapt pedagogical models to fit some kind of for-profit business model. it’s a very disturbing thing, and teachers, who get a bad rap on this board (sometimes deservedly so), are by and large not to blame for the orwellian tactics of the individual school admin/district admin.

      • Misinformation

         Imo, if teachers are helping to facilitate the use of electric cattle tags on children, there is no apologizing for them. What was the defense those people used that one time? Oh yea, “We were just following orders”.

        And, the government schooling system is a for-profit business model. All the administrators, teachers, dept of education wonks, all make their living from the profits. They’re just not accountable for anything.

        • Jin The Ninja

          no one is ‘apoloigizing’ for teachers of the houston school districts, i am just pointing out something quite obvious- that teachers, have been marginalised for years, that public education has been subverted and is no longer a working pedagogical model. and the administration of both individual schools and districts themselves are comprised of corporatists for whom rote learning, endless standardised testing, and statistical ‘achievements’ (attendance, graduation rates, test scores, district/national rankings) to determine funding. It’s not ‘gov’t schooling’ that is a for-profit industry (no, we can readily point to charter schools the ultimate example for that)- and ‘profits’ teachers make are entirely negligible in terms of pay comparative to other industries. If you want to shill right wing nonsense about public education (which should be democratised and community based/oriented) then perhaps come with some real facts instead of blatant falsehoods. American public education has declined with the decline in funding for education which has resulted in some truly oppressive conditions for students and teachers alike. Public education is a mark of an open and equal democracy- it is also not a pedagogical model in and of itself, and can readily be adapted to fit a wide range of needs.

          • Misinformation

             ”that public education has been subverted and is no longer a working pedagogical model”

            You seem like a thoughtful, intelligent person so I can only assume that you are not familiar with the origin or history of government schooling, in the U.S.A. If you did, it would seem difficult to deny that it is probably the most successful government institution ever created. That of course would entail understanding the motives behind it, which had little to do with true education but was instead intent on shaping “good citizens,  filling assembly lines and creating obedience to authority.

            Here’s as good a synopsis on that history as one could get in an 8 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okPnDZ1Txlo

            Government school is all based on force, of which, no good can come. People are forced to pay for it, whether they want to or not and children are forced to be there, whether they want to, whether it suits them, or not.

            “‘profits’ teachers make are entirely negligible in terms of pay comparative to other industries”

            This is most certainly up for debate. Some industries, perhaps, many others, not so. I can’t afford my own health care but my taxes, extracted though force, are paying for public teacher’s healthcare. And, in how many other industries is there as little oversight and the same difficulty in firing ineffectual employees?

            “If you want to shill right wing nonsense about public education”

            Nice straw man. You’ll have to work harder than that to try and engage me in your false dichotomy based on your narrow left/right paradigm.

            “American public education has declined with the decline in funding for education”

            According to the U.S. Census Bureau, citing data from Public Education: 2009, spending in education, per child, increased 2.3% over the previous year. The U.S.A. may indeed be beginning to decrease spending but that is only recently. So the argument against declining funding falls flat on it’s face. It can well be argued that a better job could be done for even less money. But that would require the removal of, as you said, “mba’s who are increasingly being voted onto school boards and invited to serve as district administrators” and teachers finally being held accountable for their performance. None of this will happen of course, as long as schooling is run by the government.

            “Public education is a mark of an open and equal democracy”

            This assertion also falls on it’s face when the force, fraud and coercion exercised to fund government education is taken into account. You are just shilling the authoritarian line taught to you in the school system.

            What is the answer? There is, no doubt, no one-size-fits-all answer. Only a sociopath would believe they could design a system to fit millions of individuals. One thing that is certainly not the answer, is government schooling. And really, what more proof does one need, than to look around themselves and see the results.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Blow it out your ass.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RWWAEM343UIK2IBZB3OXQZTQXM SPET67

    Really scary.  Fascist even.