Read This Immediately.

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School IS Prison, So Why Not Use Tracking Devices? from the always-interesting Freedom to Learn Blog.

“The opening of schools in San Antonio this fall brought a flurry of news reports about the new ID badges with RF chips, which allow school officials to monitor students’ movements.”

I first read about this on Homeschool & Etc., and have been meaning to bring it up ever since. I personally find this to be an ABSOLUTE ABOMINATION. I don’t understand all these parents who go along with this stuff. What’s next? All the kids must wear red scarves and report on those who don’t?

Let’s discuss.

Every time I hear about some new intrusion like this, I’m reminded of the old Frog in Boiling Water analogy.

“aaahh… the water is getting warmer…how pleasant…perhaps I’ll drift off to sleep…”

I told Jim the other night that I would rather my kids went uneducated entirely than attend a public school.

And I meant it.

9 Responses to “Read This Immediately.”

  1. alicia Says:

    Oh my word. When people ask me why we homeschool,my first response is because we LIKE to be WITH our children. (: Then, things like this article remind me of the deeper, more real reasons why we do it. It’s amazing to me that we so question and would like to eschew government intrusion in our lives in so many ways (health care, religion, etc….not trying to make a political statement here, just saying), but so many people just accept that a government education for their children is a-okay. (BTW: eschew = my big girl word of the day!) (:

  2. Kevin Says:

    gesundheit, alicia. And I agree 100%.

    Frogs in hot water is exactly right. They’re training the next round of citizens to accept the next ratcheting of state monitoring and control. Of course, they do have the best of intentions.

    Great article by Peter Gray. I think this all stems from a socially exaggerated fear of failure. Society embraces oppression in exchange for the promise of protection from bad decisions, from bad outcomes, from falling and getting hurt. And for that promise we sacrifice far greater happiness and success, both individually and as a people.

    What I find curious is how some people do not see the parallel between statism in government and such oppression in schools. Liberty is liberty to me.

    I liked this part:

    I think the reason the tracking systems bother some people stems from their reluctance to admit that schools are prisons. They hate it when this ugly fact is made so obvious. They would like to believe that schools are bastions of democracy; that students see school as a privilege, not a sentence; that when teachers “ask” students to do something it is a suggestion, not an order. But I say, let’s do away with the hypocrisy. […]

    Or, alternatively, we could choose to trust kids. We could offer them educational opportunities instead of forced instruction. We could develop schools that they could choose to attend or not, and where they could choose their own activities. Some of us know this is possible and that it works, because we’ve seen it. Freedom works. But most people don’t believe it.

  3. Eddie Says:

    It’s very Orwellian to me.
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  4. Amy B Says:

    I didn’t start homeschooling my kids because I was against public school, I just enjoyed their company and saw that there were many oportunities available to them if they stayed home. Now, five years into it, my views have completely changed. I agree with you, I would rather my kids be uneducated than send them to these prisons we call schools.
    I want to be shocked that the parents in this school weren’t opposed to the monitoring of their children, but I’m not. People have become so accustomed to being monitored that they just don’t think it’s a big deal anymore.

  5. Karen@Candid Diversions Says:

    The fact that every parent didn’t rise up in outrage is the thing that makes me the saddest, I think.

    My husband and I have high academic standards for our homeschooling. We’re about as far from “unschoolers” as it is possible to be. And yet we’ve both come to the conclusion that our children are better off on the “Mom’s tired so we’ll just play Legos and Playmobil and sort the laundry” days than they would be in the local school.
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  6. Applie Says:

    I agree that it is very wrong to do this; however, I am not opposed to forcing the real trouble makers to wear them. I’m thinking if it was worn as a “cone of shame” then maybe they will mend their ways…or not.
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  7. Rose Says:

    Sadly, it is considered to be against the real trouble maker’s ‘rights’ to single them out and make them wear the badge only…….our country cares more for being ‘fair’ to everyone than respecting our rights…….Just one more reason to continue to homeschool my kids even with my crazy schedule
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  8. Tina H. Says:

    I’d heard about this before, but all I have to say to it – in regards to your last sentence – is AMEN AND AMEN!
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  9. tracey Says:

    My eldest is going to high school next year and I am not thrilled but am also not going to fight it anymore. He may come back once the glamor he envisions proves to be nonexistent. Or he may not, just to prove me wrong. But I won’t let him be tracked. Or invaded in any way. To be honest? He is pretty damn strong for a 13 year old so I can’t picture him succombing to any peer pressures like that…
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