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Schools tag kids with RFID chips
WorldNetDaily ^ | September 15, 2010 | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 09/15/2010 8:22:46 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A California school district is using some $115,000 of federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to have kids wear vests with RFID chips embedded so their every move inside the school complex can be monitored.

A report from TechNewsDaily cites the work of the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services agency, which already has spent $50,000 setting up the system for a first Head Start site.

"We did some research and we thought this would be a good utilization for the money," Karen Mitchoff, an agency spokeswoman, told TechNews Daily.

The action has raised some alarms among privacy advocates, but also met a qualified endorsement from a columnist at the RFID Journal.

There, Mark Roberti wrote, "I think it is fair to say that there are several good reasons to use RFID to track school children. But I was struck by a New York Times editorial on the topic ... that was unusually balanced for an article about RFID. The editors wrote, 'Concern that school officials would use the ID chips to keep tabs on children's behavior – and tag them perhaps as hyperactive or excessively passive – seems overwrought.' But it also asks the question, 'Though it may seem innocuous to attach a chip to our preschoolers' clothes, do we really want to raise a generation of kids that are accustomed to being tracked, like cattle or warehouse inventory?"

He continued, "This is a profound question. If we track all children with technology and they get used to it, do we open the possibility that they will accept government tracking of them as adults?"

(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; children; contacostacounty; headstart; rfid; stimulus; teachers

1 posted on 09/15/2010 8:22:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Idiots. Kids will come up with fake vests.


2 posted on 09/15/2010 8:25:27 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm...


3 posted on 09/15/2010 8:26:23 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Problem solved


4 posted on 09/15/2010 8:28:04 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“This is a profound question. If we track all children with technology and they get used to it, do we open the possibility that they will accept government tracking of them as adults?”

Well Duh.
That’s always the plan.
Incremental poison.


5 posted on 09/15/2010 8:31:27 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; y'all
We must be sure that all the kids are in the
auditorium to view the study videos from the
African Genital-Washing study.

You silly goose.

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6 posted on 09/15/2010 8:31:50 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Live and Let Live; is not working...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why don’t they just take ‘em all to the vet and chip ‘em?


7 posted on 09/15/2010 8:32:38 PM PDT by Catmom
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
He continued, "This is a profound question. If we track all children with technology and they get used to it, do we open the possibility that they will accept government tracking of them as adults?"

More likely, it will teach kids that government does not trust them. And then the government in it's finite wisdom will tell them to eat cake when they complain. History will repeat.

8 posted on 09/15/2010 8:34:29 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When I was 7 I used to ride my bike 4 mi out on a heavy 55mph truck route to go to my Great Grandparents.

Grandad would give me a dime and send me back into town for a plug of tobacco.
I would purchase the tobacco, get the correct change and ride back out the truck route all without incident or stupervision,


9 posted on 09/15/2010 8:36:22 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mylife

I remember being 12 or 13 and riding my bike across Damascus, MD (where 3 state routes intersect) from my grandparents’ house to their friend’s house. It was probably a mile. And without supervision.

Who’da thunkit?


10 posted on 09/15/2010 8:44:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Muslims are not the problem, the rest of the world is! /s)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Amazing what freedom we had.


11 posted on 09/15/2010 8:49:06 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wonder if they are going to tattoo serial numbers on students’ arms as well?


12 posted on 09/15/2010 8:51:48 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I don't want you to think they were irresponsible in any way.

They never would let me have a mini bike ☺

13 posted on 09/15/2010 8:53:49 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This area is full of liberal tree hugging techie geeks. Silicon Valley.


14 posted on 09/15/2010 8:56:23 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Yes, I know)
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To: mylife

Yup. My thought was, if it was me, I’d remove the tag from the vest and find a hamster in a terrarium or something to tie it onto :)


15 posted on 09/15/2010 8:57:53 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Bigtime!


16 posted on 09/15/2010 9:00:18 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Mitchoff explained that the program would free up teachers from having to fulfill administrative duties such as attendance – and recording when children eat.”

Recording when they eat? Don’t schools have designated lunch periods anymore?


17 posted on 09/15/2010 9:01:45 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Here is a darned good Grandpa. Read the first review
18 posted on 09/15/2010 9:08:55 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mylife

When I was five, I used to walk a mile to Kindergarten by myself. I also used to ride my bike with no helmet all across town and to a small river where I would catch crawdads. I picked beans and berries during the summer for my school clothes. (Child labor laws were the start of the infantilization of children.) Start of the destruction of the family unit and the authority of parents vs. government.

Of course, if we really want to be impressed, go back to Ben Franklin’s, Lincoln’s, Adams’ childhood, etc., and you will find that school was an impediment to their genius if even applicable. It was working around adults, being read to and tutored or lectured at home by their parents and being able to do productive and helpful work on the farm or for their parent’s business. Reading the Bible or Pilgrim’s Progress were staples....they had no “go spot, go” books to waste their time and intellect.


19 posted on 09/15/2010 9:34:39 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: Rembrandt

Oh my gosh! Shades of Hitler and his tattooing of Jews in the 40s. I knew a woman in Chicago who lived in my sister’s condo building. She had one on her arm, still there after all these years! I imagine she just feels lucky to have escaped.


20 posted on 09/15/2010 9:40:45 PM PDT by MondoQueen
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I remember getting into arguments here on FR 10 years ago about how RFID would lead to large scale tracking. It could never happen of course because RFID at the time could only be tracked when it was within a few feet of the scanner in a direct line of sight.

However, like all electronics technology, things improve...fast. And here we are.


21 posted on 09/15/2010 10:05:02 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 is here...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Next stop, RFID implants for newborns.


22 posted on 09/15/2010 10:07:07 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: mylife

When I was about 11 I remember walking across US 441 a couple tiems a week at school to buy the principal his daily 3-4 packs of Kent 100’s. At recess after lunch about 90% of the boys in the class headed across a hill on the school playground to the creek to smoke cigarettes. That event in today’s schools would make national headlines.


23 posted on 09/15/2010 10:16:36 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"We did some research and we thought this would be a good utilization for the money,"

Someone needs a pink slip.

24 posted on 09/15/2010 10:16:35 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: mylife

I always walked home from school and immediately jumped on my bike and wasn’t seen again until it got dark. All without chips, or cell phones, or the mom mobile following close behind. Oh, and no helmet or pads or pepper spray. Summers were spent in the river all day without adult supervision. At 14, I went through customs at JKF by myself with a bottle of booze and not an eye was batted.


25 posted on 09/15/2010 10:28:26 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"We did some research and we thought this would be a good utilization for the money," Karen Mitchoff, an agency spokeswoman, told TechNews Daily.

Hmmmm, they spent stimulus money (i.e. our tax dollars) to basically treat these school kids similar to cattle. Whatever happened to "teaching" the kids the three R's+? How do these vests improve the education of these children? It seems their use of the funds are a big FAIL!

26 posted on 09/16/2010 12:16:14 AM PDT by Freedom with Responsibility (Go...)
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To: Free Vulcan
I remember getting into arguments here on FR 10 years ago about how RFID would lead to large scale tracking. It could never happen of course because RFID at the time could only be tracked when it was within a few feet of the scanner in a direct line of sight.

However, like all electronics technology, things improve...fast. And here we are.

Yup. Even further back, I was discussing these things on BBSes. We were way ahead of the curve on a lot of things back then.

27 posted on 09/16/2010 6:22:08 AM PDT by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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