For once, I’m actually hoping for the Tea Party and the religious right to swoop in and go berserk. If there’s anything that both liberals and conservatives can agree with, it’s that forcing people to carry RFID (radio frequency identification) tags that will allow someone (anyone, really) to locate and track them.
In Texas (TEXAS!! ), two schools, John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School implemented the trial run for the tags that are eventually slated to reach 112 schools and almost 100 thousand students. The idea is to combat truancy that costs the schools money on a daily basis. The less students that miss class, the state allocates more money to the school. The idea is sound but the invasion of privacy is total. Having security personnel know that a 16-year-old girl is alone in a bathroom or alone in a wing of the school after hours seems like a phenomenally bad idea.
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