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In March this year, Sam Goodman, 18, walked out of his politics lesson to protest against four CCTV cameras that had been installed overnight in the classroom. He was joined by all but one of his classmates. Goodman says his school, an Essex comprehensive, told the class that the cameras had not been switched on yet, and that when they were, they'd be used for teacher training purposes only.
A few weeks later, Goodman says students discovered that the recording system was in a cupboard in the classroom and that the microphones were in fact on. Goodman and his friends promptly switched them
Originally posted by ladysharrowandherbarrow
retinal scans for school dinners is kept within the school...are not all school records to be linked to the contactpoint database system...
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The scanner, as seen in movies such as Mission Impossible, is linked to a database which holds all the pupil's personal details, including what they can and cannot eat.
When they pick up their lunch, the scanner at the checkout picks up their details and an operator punches in each item on their tray.
But if they try to sneak through any snacks they are not allowed to eat, the computer rejects their choice and they have to return the food.
Pupil Jamie Hall, 12, said: "The scanner is a great idea, but I don't fancy my mum knowing exactly what I eat.
Thu, 21 Sep 2006 School in Balham, London (name supplied to LTKA)"Fingerprinting took place in my daughter's school today without my knowledge or consent. When it came to my daughter's turn to be fingerprinted today she refused to get up off of her seat. Telling her science teacher that she will not be bullied... A voice came over the school loudspeaker system, informing the whole school that a child had refused to get it done and my daughter had to sit there fighting her principles, literally, whilst other children were laughing at her. But my daughter stood her ground... Well, I thought that this government have a strict policy on school bullying, whatever form of bullying takes place."
Professor Ross Anderson, an expert in security engineering at Cambridge University believes "some people in the Home Office like the idea of getting them young. Get children used, from an earlier stage, to the idea that they should have their fingerprints scanned. Kids are being softened up." If the control of government backed private finance in schools means that pervasive technologies are increasingly becoming the accepted norm for the next generation, what will the future look like in another 25 years?
Adults are often quick to define the youth of today as stereotypical troublemakers and violent offenders – generalisations which are prompted by the media – when in fact the majority of students at our school are as responsible and arguably better behaved then the majority of adults. Some commentators insinuated that we overheard adults talking about rights and repeated it. That notion isn't worth the space it was typed upon. We are A-level politics students who have been studying civil liberties as part of the curriculum for the last two years. Sam campaigned for David Davis when he resigned over the issue of civil liberties and spoke at speakers' corner about the issue. The criticism of our campaign only serves to illustrate the ignorance of adults who have surrendered within only the last few years our right to protest in parliament, our right to go about our business without being stopped and questioned by police about our identity and our affairs, and our personal privacy.
Eroding standards in schools and deteriorating discipline are down to a broken society and the failure of the education system. The truth is that we are whatever the generation before us has created. If you criticise us, we are your failures; and if you applaud us we are your successes, and we reflect the imperfections of society and of human life. If you want to reform the education system, if you want to raise education standards, then watching children every hour of every day isn't the answer. The answer is to encourage students to learn by creating an environment in which they can express their ideas freely and without intimidation.
Originally posted by grey580
I don't see a problem here.
If a student is doing something he shouldn't be doing and is busted for it. There will be proof.
On the other hand if a student is accused of doing something and he really wasn't. Then the tape will exonerate him.
Same deal with a Teacher.
There is video tape all over folks.
When you go to the Quicky mart, the atm and most large retail stores.
I'd rather be innocent and on video myself.
Originally posted by yellowcard
Having been harassed by school teachers and the school administration while not at all being a trouble maker, but simply because of my views, I can tell you that this is not the best idea. It opens the door for students to be harassed for anything they do, from political views, religious views, or manner. Do you think that teachers view all students with an unbiased eye? Do you think the school administration does the same? If you believe that, then you sir are naive. Yes, a lot of students smart off to teachers, but this isn't going to solve that, if a kid doesn't want to be there, then get rid of the law that has mandatory attendance of public schools. Why should REAL trouble makers intrude on the learning of others? Maybe such a move would require those parents to actually...parent, and allow the teachers to actually...teach.
[edit on 5-8-2009 by yellowcard]