Next step: embedding the chips into the students. Do it for the children!

Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antonio rolled out its new “smart” IDs that tracks students’ geographic locations, the community is still at odds with the program.

The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district schools. In an effort to reduce truancy, the district has issued new student IDs with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that tracks the location of a student at all times.

  1. rudedog says:

    They should make these for politicians first. Then after a few years of trials, we can talk about school kids.

    • MajFauxPas says:

      That’s a great idea.
      Great ideas don’t have a place in politics.

  2. Kahless says:

    From the linked project page, it looks like the schools can only track where students are in the schools (which makes sense since it’s RFID based). Far cry from tracking students locations at all times.

    Also, if you work anywhere that uses electronic door locks, you’re company already has the ability to do this. What’s the difference?

    • dusanmal says:

      Difference – you chose a job which requires such tracking voluntarily and can quit voluntarily. Public school is a legal, governmental mandate on a minor who has no free will/choice and even who’s family has no ability to opt out. That is the legal danger, first step on a slippery slope and mental conditioning of youth that such tracking is “normal”.
      If tracking card mandated by government passes as legal, why not solve problem people in comments below noticed by implanting students. And if kids are implanted, why not mandate that they can’t remove those in adulthood (or some other scheme to propagate this to a whole population)?… This must be stopped before the first step.

      • Kahless says:

        Not true that public school is mandated. There are private schools, and home schooling is an option.

        Just saying, this doesn’t seem to be the big horrible thing that people are making it out to be.

        • MikeN says:

          Home schooling is not an option for many people. Plus many liberals including many of the editors on this site are against home-schooling. Some states make it very difficult to home school with regulation of curriculum and so forth which defeats the purpose.

          • Pumpin' Ethyl says:

            Damn meddlin’ school-o-crats who insist that your children learn math and science rather than bible verses and hymns.

            They prolly won’t even let you beat ’em when they can’t remember all 12 apostles.

        • faith says:

          Luckily Texas has few requirements for homeschooling. It is very easy to homeschool in Texas.

  3. Admfubar says:

    it doesnt track the student…. it tracks the card…. nice to know where those cards are at all times..

    • Lymphnode says:

      Correct, tracks the card. This is hilarious! this will give the students a new game to play. Once the faculty comes to depend on this I can just imagine the future conversation.

      teacher: “Principal smith none of my students are in my 2:00 pm religious studies class”

      principal: “(checks computer) Nonsense Ms. Chokesondick, it shows me right here all 35 students are in your class room, I’ll send the school nurse, you have obviously gone blind”

      • dittmv says:

        Magnet + (Keychain + Badge) + Side of City Bus

      • Cap'nKangaroo says:

        Reminds me of Chemistry 101 when I was in college. Huge auditorium and we were given assigned seats so Teacher Assistants could check attendance by looking for empty seats.

        Several times one of my friends or suitemates would take my place so I was counted as “in attendance”. The seat next to my roommate never had the same person in it the entire semester.

  4. Mr Diesel says:

    Kids get together, throw them all in a pile, then take one out at random. Tracking wrong kids all over the places where there are RFID readers.

    My employer has door readers and they work about 1 inch away from ready.

    Are they going to stick the cards on kid’s shoes and track them with the floor?

    What a dumbass idea.

    • msbpodcast says:

      In Ibiza they imbed the RFID chips in a glass capsule and inject them subcutaneously and the bimboes charge their drinks, food and drugs to the account tied to their RFID.

  5. Dallas says:

    Not sure what Teabagger thought of using this type of electronic lanyard for the baby sheep but I like it! Makes sense. However, wearing the lanyard around school grounds has the flaw that the kid would take it off.

    The chipped sheeple makes more sense.

  6. NobodySpecial says:

    The problem is that the lanyard is easily removable and doesn’t actually enforce the kid attending the class.

    If the lanyard was made a little tighter and then a cable to the tag a little longer, the tag could be slotted into an overhead rail which would allow the kid to move between classes while not only being tracked but constrained to only follow the allowed path.

    • Cap'nKangaroo says:

      I’m thinking cattle chutes instead of hallways. As the student nears their next classroom, the RFID triggers a gate that herds the student into his next class.


  7. birddog says:

    Put it in a metal cigarette case.

  8. MikeN says:

    Give this to all welfare recipients, and suddenly liberals will want everyone to be on welfare.

  9. kerpow says:

    If we allow our identities to become a bar code our humanity is lost. Or… You stop being a person when you become a number.

  10. Mextli: ABO says:

    This system would have real value if it was coupled with a Drone.

  11. msbpodcast says:

    It should, and probably will, get implemented so that instead of carrying cash you go through a NFC reader which makes contact with a subcutaneous chip, implanted at birth, shoved in in your upper arm.

    No more cash; no more getting held up and robbed; no more going through TSA security; no more getting lost; no more privacy except in a Faraday cage.

    You will on the grid and instantly accessible wherever you go.

    Likewise you will obey or they, you know them, will cut off your access or even empty your account on you.

  12. The0ne says:

    Awesome tool for pedophiles btw. Just saying. Bullies could benefit from this greatly as well since it can cut down on time wasted by having to search everywhere for your victim. It’s nice to know you if you need to relieve some stress or buy a video game that you can find whomever you’re looking for easily.

  13. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    It really is instructive that of the three goals given for this pilot project the middle one is to track students on the school property but not in homeroom for attendance count.

    “Increase attendance. Through more efficient attendance management, schools can generate additional revenues by identifying students who are not in their seats during roll call but who are in the school and locate them. (Increased attendance = increased state revenues)”

    My guess is that this was the Number 1, 2, and 3 reasons for the tagging and the other two goals are simply window dressing.

  14. laxdude says:

    This is all to actually appease the federal government nutrition funding requirements that the precious snowflakes were actually at school – or that is why many other areas are using it.

    Because it would be unpossible to fake this system like they do with paper attendance.

    Everyone just needs to keep accidentally microwaving the cards. “Gee, it must have gone through the drier. Where can I pick up my replacement?”

    Although I wonder how taking simple attendance by paper has become a burden. If it costs too much you are paying a low level office drone far too much money.

  15. Peppeddu says:

    They are probably trying to use money leftover in the budget before they are taken away.

    I don’t see the use of this thing, especially because every student has a cell phone, and those phones connect to a specific tower, so the location is always known, and it has been since … the cell phone was invented!
    In addition, any smartphone has geolocation available for any customized application the school care to deploy.

    In addition, students have WiFi enabled devices, (Smartphones, Laptops, etc) the location of those can be easily monitored at the access point level; and the students are 1000% more likely to carry a WiFi device than to carry an ID around.

    Clearly this is the typical case of one department working in a vacuum, not knowing the information is already available. You just gotta ask the right people for it.

  16. Benjamin says:

    You can shut off the RFID chip by putting it in the microwave for five seconds. Problem solved.

  17. Thomas McGee says:

    Why not. We incarcerate such a huge proportion of our population, why not just get them used to having no expectation of privacy or freedom as soon as possible.

    Send them all straight from school to prison.

  18. Jack says:

    Obligatory Notice:
    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17

  19. Catherine says:

    It is a violation of privacy.

  20. MartinJJ says:

    Long, long ago, there where schools with dedicated teachers actually wanting to teach the children something usefull. They knew every childs name and often also their families. If one was missing in class, they usually inquired for the reason. And often provided extra help to overcome that problem. As a kid you really needed some serious excuses not to attend class.

    So the real question is, how did it go from there to what we see happening now? Giant education ‘factories’ that often provide lousy government dictated education, teachers that do not give a damn anymore and tracking systems needed for funding purposes. All that besides students ending up with such giant debts, no job can ever overcome. They will stay in debt forever.

    Of course the next step will be implanting something. It just takes time to get everyone used to the idea of being tracked and not question it anymore. Starting with the youngest generation is the most effective way to accomplish that over time. Keeping them dumb also helps a lot. In the future their children won’t even know any better and tracking will be just as normal as breathing.


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