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January 25, 2005
A provocative posting on Samizdata

On Jan 21st last Friday in other words David Carr did a posting about the electronic tagging of schoolchildren. He produced this quote

A school in Swansea is considering tagging its pupils because of a shortage of assistants who can supervise lunch breaks.

The idea is for children at Lonlas Primary to wear the tags all day, with a buzzer sounding if they leave.

which he found here.

The point I want to make here is simply that there are now a lot (as of now: 84) of comments on this posting, dealing with the rights and wrongs of state education, home education, etc., of just the sort that regulars here will find of interest.

My only comment, off the top of my head, is that no one seems to have thought of asking the children if they mind being tagged. Although, I haven't read all the comments with total care, and maybe someone did say that and I missed it.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 07:35 PM
Category: Technology

When I was in elementary school I would have liked very much to have everyone wear IDs.

Of course, we had two kids (Peanut and his little sister -- no joke on the name; we weren't ever supposed to call him by his given name, including the teachers) climb over our schoolyard fence (or sneak out when they opened the gates to let a delivery truck through) and try to grab a ride by hitchiking. And IIRC in 1989 a drunk man came through a gate that wasn't locked properly, hit one of my classmates, and then wandered around the kindergarten yard for about twenty minutes before wandering off.

It also would have seemed like a very "adult" sort of thing. My dad had an ID badge for work; when I came to his building I got one too (a temporary one that started to turn red after about 6 hours), and it seemed like a really big honor.

I suppose that my reaction would have been rather different had I gone to junior high or high school. Though for what it's worth any time I've ever gone to an actual school, I've had an ID card (in LAUSD it's your bus pass, at OSU, UCLA, and other colleges I've been to, it gets you discounts and into some buildings). It's just that you weren't required to wear one in a visible location.

Comment by: Sarah on January 26, 2005 01:19 AM
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