Tag: school over reach

Eye Contact

It is truly amazing what some school districts will try, all under the auspices of “It’s for the children”. Much like a congressional hearing on the use of steroids in sports(or to change the name of the Washington Redskins because it is offensive to some native Americans, yeah, they are still at it) all in a weak attempt to divert attention from their failures with a ,”Look over here!”, school boards would rather parents not focus on their union benefits or their dreadful record in educating their kids. A go to the well sure fire winner is doing something, then slapping a “Kid safety” label on it, see, they do care:

The school year may be over for most American students, but parents must remain as vigilant as ever when it comes to protecting their children’s privacy. Look no further than the shocking, invasive conduct of the Polk County, Fla., educational district last week. It’s a surveillance-state sign of the times.

Two days before their Memorial Day weekend break, kids from at least three different public schools — Bethune Academy (K-5), Davenport School of the Arts (K-5, middle and high school), and Daniel Jenkins Academy (6-12) — were subjected to iris scans without their parents’ knowledge or consent. The scans are essentially optical fingerprints, which the school intended to collect to create a database of biometric information for school bus security.

WFLA-TV News Channel 8

Much of this is reminiscent of what the Batavia High School pulled in the other thread, try something really intrusive, but warn the parents first, those actually paying attention of course. But in this case, even the warning got botched and parents found out about it after the dirty dead was done.

“I’m waiting to see how this is going to pan out as far as my child’s personal information floating out there some where”. Here is a mom that believes the Reagan axiom “Trust, but verify”, good for her. Taking the word of the school, “Don’t worry, we have your child’s best interest at heart, no need to concern yourself with what we will do with this information” is what they would like you to do, but not very wise.

We have seen this tactic play out all to often. Try something truly out of box, alert parents of the new procedure (even though those alerts are woefully inadequate), then, if not too much of a stink is raised, it is full speed ahead (parents must like it since they didn’t tell us to stop, there is our out).

I thought that schools are all underfunded, isn’t that what teachers keep telling us? Where is this money coming from to implement this program? All this James Bond techno shit has got to be expensive.

All kids growing up are taught “Don’t talk to strangers”, the implications are obvious, adults are ready made authority figures and children do not have the wherewithal to process that line between friend or foe. Teachers have even more power over kids and not all power wielders use it responsibly. Youngsters in this age group will do pretty much anything the teacher tells them, whatever any school official tells them. That is why there is a continual fight between parents and the school boards wrt what is actually taught in class. If a teacher says it, it must be true. Keeping all school officials on a very short leash seems only prudent.

For the police, another authority figure, it would be much easier for them to do their job if they could do whatever they wanted. Search and seizure laws? Miranda? reasonable cause? maintaining a chain of custody? innocent until proven guilty? Pshaww, an impediment to getting the bad guys off the streets, right? Civil liberties (and parental privacy) trumps any inconveniences placed on them, if it makes their job harder, too bad, they must operate within the confines society has placed on them. Equal scrutiny must be placed on educators. No, they don’t carry a gun, but they do shape young skulls full of mush, a pretty powerful tool.