Big Brother, Model 2011: 7th and 8th grade students in California will receive an instrument GPS To follow them
George Orwell must have clicked his tongue "I told you so" when he said these things: Anaheim Union High School District, a California school campus, volunteered to attendAn experimental program that will last about six weeks, And its goal is to significantly reduce the number of unjustified absences of students. The method? TechnologyOf course.
About 75 seventh- and eighth-grade students studying in the compound, who have accumulated more than 4 unjustified deductions so far, will receive (if they, and their parents, "volunteer" for the program) asylum GPS Which are about the size of a mobile device, and will have to obey draconian guidelines that include an automatic phone call every morning reminding them that they need to get to school (and on time)GPS Which will monitor their location five times a day - when they leave the house towards the school, when they arrive at the school, during lunch, when they leave the school and at eight in the evening. In addition, students who participate in the program will be accompanied by instructors who will call them at least 3 times a week and check how they are coping with the program.
"The goal is not to make the program feel like a punishment, but as a tool to help students develop a habit of getting to school," says one concerned.
The program will cost about 18,000 dollars from state grant funds when each device GPS This costs between $ 300 and $ 400 - which puts the daily cost of the program at about $ 8 per day per student, and can pay off handsomely for the schools themselves, as they lose about $ 35 for each student who does not attend school.
The program has already been tried in places like San Antonio and Baltimore and has been hailed as a resounding success, with its six-week attendance rate jumping from 77 percent to 95 percent during its six weeks, and the improvement maintained (to some degree) even after That the program is over.
|"If you do not go to school we will send you to Anaheim!"||One of the students who will have to know
The "GPS Up close in the coming weeks
The students participating in the program were already given the tools and were briefed on the matter, while students with attendance problems from lower grades (4 to 6) were invited to the site, hoping that they would understand what the future holds for them if they do not change their approach.
The plan may sound rather rigid (and so do some students and parents who will take part in it), but given the fact that those missing students may find themselves in an institution for young offenders (and their parents will be fined up to $ 2000, that way) if the district attorney decides To sue the parents for allowing their children not to go to school - suddenly it seems that theGPS It finds a much more moderate option.
This is not the first, and certainly not the last, time to hear about new technologies that are being used for educational purposes. Do tracking GPS Will there be something that will teach students to get to school regularly (or maybe just teach them to make up new excuses, like "I didn't have satellite reception, teacher")? Is this a legitimate plan or a crossing of a dangerous red line when it comes to individual freedom?