February 11 2005


According to this news story, it seems school kids are now on the same level as cattle. Sutter, CA, a small town Northwest of Sacramento, has issued all of their students transmitters similar to those used on cows. As they walk into each room, and pass under an antenna, their teacher’s palm sized computer automatically counts them present. Apparently teachers are no longer capable of doing this by hand.

According to the article:

The system was imposed, without parental input, by the school as a way to simplify attendance-taking and potentially reduce vandalism and improve student safety.”

Ok fine, but now people are complaining, so you would think the school, which is funded by public funds, might listen to them. However:

(Principal Earnie) Graham, who also serves as the superintendent of the single-school district, told the parents that their children could be disciplined for boycotting the badges ? and that he doesn’t understand what all their angst is about.”

Well gee, maybe if you actually listened to them you would know what the angst is about. I know, I know, silly me.

So you have complaining parents, public outcry, what could it be making the school do this? What could be the pressure behind it? Oh wait, let me guess:

This latest adaptation of radio frequency ID technology was developed by InCom Corp., a local company co-founded by the parent of a former Brittan student, and some parents are suspicious about the financial relationship between the school and the company. InCom plans to promote it at a national convention of school administrators next month.

InCom has paid the school several thousand dollars for agreeing to the experiment, and has promised a royalty from each sale if the system takes off, said the company’s co-founder, Michael Dobson, who works as a technology specialist in the town’s high school. Brittan’s technology aide also works part-time for InCom.”

Oh my, I am so suprised! Money is involved? *shocked* No, it couldn’t be money! I am sure it is 100% for the safety of the kids!

Visit the school’s website here, and the manufacturer’s site here. Love the inventor’s site, the picture of the happy kids and faculty is truly something to behold.

Kids are indviduals, not ID#’s to be scanned.

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