Big Brother, Model 2011: 7th and 8th grade students in California will receive an instrument GPS Compass To follow them
George Orwell must have been stingy in his "I told you" language to hear these things: Anaheim Union High School District, a California school complex, 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.
Approximately 75 seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in the compound, which have accumulated over 4 unsatisfactory subtractions so far, will receive (if they, and their parents, "volunteer" for the program) receive asylum GPS Compass 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 Compass Who will monitor their location five times a day - when they leave the house in the direction of the school, when they arrive at the school, at lunch time, when they leave the school and at eight in the evening. In addition, students who participate in the program will be instructed to contact them at least 3 times a week and examine how they are getting along 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 of them.
The program will cost about 18,000 dollars from state grant funds when each device GPS Compass Such costs cost between 300 dollars and 400 dollars - which puts the daily cost of the program at about 8 dollars a day for each student, and can pay off very well for the schools themselves, as they lose about 35 dollars for every student who does not attend school.
The program in question has already been tried in places like San Antonio and Baltimore and has been declared a resounding success, with over the course of its six weeks the attendance rates of "breezy" students jumping from 77 percent to 95 percent, and the improvement was maintained (to some degree) That the program is over.
|"If you don't go to school we will send you to Anaheim!"||One of the students who will have to know
The "GPS Compass 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 program may sound quite rigid (and so do some students and parents who think it is), but given the fact that those missing students may find themselves in a juvenile delinquent institution (and their parents will be fined up to $ 2000, by the way) if the district attorney decides To put parents on trial for allowing their children not to go to school - suddenly theGPS Compass 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 Compass Would it be what would teach students to come to school regularly (or maybe just teach them to make new excuses, like "I didn't have satellite reception, the teacher")? Is it a legitimate plan or a dangerous red line crossing of individual freedom?