School Surveillance: If “Big Brother” is in your school, kick him out!
By Mary Ellis

all-seeing-eyeThis is DARPA's logo for it's old Information Awareness Office... Kinda symbolizes all who lust for surveillance power, right?

This article comes from guest writer Mary Ellis. Surveillance, tracking, and electronically monitoring school children is a disgusting habit that we are forced to pay for at government schools.

There is no reason for school bureaucrats to electronically track your child without your consent.

Many schools are even installing biometric systems. Biometric technology keeps an electronic record of your fingerprint, eyeball, face, voice, or all the above to use as a key. This is a misguided and dangerous technology.

Let's be honest, everything that's stored electronically can be stolen. Think Anthem Blue Cross, Target, Sony, etc, etc.

The fact of the matter is that it's okay to brand pigs you want to fatten for slaughter, stick bar codes on bags of manure, track criminals and parolees by GPS, but it's wrong to use these methods and technology on children and hard working, law abiding Americans.

Fortunately, there has been some push-back by parents... But vigilance, and a lot more push back, is still needed.

Take it away Mary...

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Your daughter rides the morning bus. An electronic device records her presence. At school, she steps through the front door. Another device records her.

As she attends each class, passes through the lunch line, practices soccer—and each time she heads to the rest room--a device monitors her.

That’s the reality in an increasing number of schools. At any time, the school may know—and record--your child’s whereabouts.

Schools claim technology helps them efficiently keep safe large numbers of students. But Missouri state Senator Ed Emery claims, “There’s a ‘Big Brother’ quality to this.”

A recent Washington Times article by Jeffrey Stinson (taken from an online version published by Pew Charitable Trusts) reports a growing number of parents and politicians agree with Emery.

Retina scans to ride the bus!

Biometric security systems now show up in schools in 40 states. And parents aren’t always in the know.

Polk County Florida school district piloted a bus program using retina scans to monitor bus riders. But they neglected to ask parents first.

This was too much for Florida state Senator Dorothy Hukill. She sponsored a bill banning the use of biometric identification in Florida’s schools. Last May the bill became law.

“You don’t need to collect biometric information to buy a hot dog in the school cafeteria or check out a library book,” Hukill insists. “Once you collect the information, there is no rolling back.”

Tracking children like migratory animals

Missouri state Senator Emery was proactive when he heard about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) student badges in other states’ schools. He didn’t want Missouri students being recorded every time they passed by an RFID receiver.

So before RFID tracking could show up in Missouri’s schools, Emery proposed a bill allowing parents to opt out their children. The state legislature agreed—but lawmakers first had to override the governor’s veto.

Texas state Representative Lois Kolkhorst sums up the thoughts of many: “Should the government be able to force a parent to have their children tracked in the exact way that warehouse pallets, prisoners, and migratory animals are monitored?”

What happens to all the personal information vacuumed up with school surveillance?

Almost every week we hear of databases being compromised--even while authorities assure us our information is secure. Countless people have had personal information made public or even had their identities stolen.

Emery notes the concerns of parents worried about personal information being used against their child: “This is a technology that is very difficult to limit and secure … it’s not something you should mandate on children.”

Are your local schools tracking students?

It appears some lawmakers agree with parents concerned about government surveillance. But parents need to remain vigilant.

Paige Kowalski, director of policy and advocacy of the Data Quality Campaign (a nonprofit organization promoting the effective use of student data) represents an opposing viewpoint: “Were you a lawmaker to prohibit it [student tracking technology], you may be taking something useful away.”

Ultimately your child’s security is up to you.

A compelling reason to home school.

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Thank you Mary!

By home schooling your child you get to sidestep a lot of this invasion of privacy, which masquerades as safety and security.

Constant surveillance of our little ones is troublesome, and actually very dangerous.

Complete strangers, who you have never met, and never will meet, have access to your child's surveillance files. Digital data theft is rampant and apparently easy for rogue politicians and the criminally motivated.

Plus, any records or data collected on your child can tag her and follow her from cradle-to-grave; for her entire life.

A reasonable person would say this is the opposite of safety and security, which is to protect and shield your child. Because in this case, surveillance and data collection permanently marks your child and exposes her with a spotlight.

What do you say? Leave a comment and tell us!


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Additional Research:

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2014/10/27/states-backtrack-on-student-tracking-technology