Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new. A federally funded preschool in Richmond, California, began embedding RFID chips in students’ clothing in 2010. And an elementary school outside of Sacramento, California, scrubbed a plan in 2005 amid a parental uproar. And a Houston, Texas, school district began using the chips to monitor students on 13 campuses in 2004.”
This RFID tagging of humans is not resting well with some families. Here on The Alex Jones Channel – “Steve and Andrea Hernandez of Spychips.com who talk with Alex in-studio about San Antonio area High School honor student who has refused to wear a school mandated RFID tracking beacon around her neck because doing so conflicts with her religious beliefs.”
According to Fox News, Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzales is of the opinion that using RFID with children in schools, tracking their every movement throughout the day…
“[RFID]…is not surveillance.”
Quite astonishing! What quite is RFID used for then?
We would suggest that Pascual return to school as a student, rather than a spokesperson, not only to complete his education (which obviously has some glaring gaps in the subject of technology) but so he too can experience what it is to be tracked going to the toilet, being observed who he is associating with and how his time keeping bears up.
From fellow blogger Lucas 2012 Info – “We don’t think kids in schools should be treated like cattle,” Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said in a telephone interview. “We generally don’t like it. My take on RFID is it’s fine for products, but not so much for people. That’s one of the places where the lines need to be drawn. ”
The introduction of RFID chips in some Texas high schools has caused controvisy and debate. The students are against it and are opposing the intrusive nature of this technology.
“Children should never be used as test subjects for technology, no matter what their socio-economic status.”
“[RFID]…could dissuade individuals from exercising their rights to freedom of thought, speech and association.”
Endorsers and Signers: (Details of organisations and contacts at the end of the document)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Frountier Foundation (EFF), Big Brother Awards Germany, Big Brother Watch, Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom, Constitutional Alliance, Freedom Force International, Friends of Privacy USA, The Identity Project, OK-SAFE Inc., Privacy Activism, Private Citizen Inc., Best the Chip, We The People Will Not Be Chipped, 511 Campaign Edward Hasbrouck Authot, Privacy Expert, Katina Michael. Ph.D.Implant Expert, MG Michael. Ph.D., Implant Researcher, Judith McGeary, Liberty Activist, Virginia Rezmiersky Ph.D., Claire Wolfey; Author, Freedom Advocate.
In March 2012 students in northeastern Brazil, Vitoria da Conquista, now wear RFID locator chips embedded in their T-shirts the Huffington Post reports. The RFID chip is designed to withstand washing and ironing and it has a “security system that makes tampering virtually impossible.” Phew, thank goodness for that!
“Twenty thousand students in 25 of Vitoria da Conquista’s 213 public schools started using T-shirts with chips earlier this week. By 2013, all of the city’s 43,000 public school students, aged 4 to 14, will be using the chip-embedded T-shirts.”
How apt that the chips are placed underneath each school’s coat-of-arms or on one of the sleeves below a phrase that says:
“Education does not transform the world.
Education changes people and people transform the world.”
Indeed, but quite in what way does education change the world after students have been tracked like this in their ‘education’ is the question.
Article – Biometrics and RFID tracking in UK Education
Documenting the rise of biometric and RFID technology used in education
Book – Surveillance Schools
With the growth of surveillance technologies globally, Dr Emmeline Taylor focuses on the phenomenon of the Surveillance School and explores the impact that continual monitoring is having upon school children, education and society.
433MHz military capabilities of tracking students
Interview with Katherine Albrecht, technology and privacy in schools
Katherine Albrecht show - July 2013. Katherine and Pippa King discuss the victories in removing or preventing biometric and other tracking systems from being used on our children.
Interview: Biometrics & RFID in schools, 433Mhz
Interview with Pippa King by Tony Gosling from BCFM - August 2013