Solutions that don’t break the bank, reinvent the wheel or marginalize our teachers are within our grasp. We could have rigorous classes, safe and disciplined schools and treat teachers like valued colleagues rather than easily replaceable cogs, and we could do so tomorrow if we wanted. Disclaimer, this is an opinion and commentary site and should not be confused as a news site. Also know that quite often people may disagree with the opinions posted.
My thoughts on the proposed new student ID system
I feel like I am going to come off as a hater, after reading please let me know what you think.
From the Times Union:
Vitti said that with more accurate records of ridership, the district can make bus routes more efficient and save money.
When students get to school, they’ll scan their ID cards to register attendance or tardiness. And when middle and high school students go to each class, they’ll scan the cards to gain entrance for attendance.
It’ll become more obvious more quickly which students are ditching classes, Vitti said.
Students will also use the ID cards to pay for lunch, check out text books or computers, register attendance at school activities and assemblies and even note when they leave mid-class for some reason.
Besides students, teachers and volunteers who regularly come in contact with students also will carry ID cards. The cards will record when they come and go from the building and where they go while there.
This system could save the district about $1 million over five years, Vitti said, but first the district must spend $1.1 million to set it up. Each subsequent year it will cost $123,500, for a total of nearly $1.6 million over five years.
The old ID systems cost Duval schools $2.6 million over five years.
Sounds awesome right!!!! It's cheaper, will save money and help parents better monitor their kids!
Here is the thing, several years ago when I worked at Ed White High school we instituted new IDs that kids were supposed to wear to class. Suddenly i went from teacher to the ID police as kids would wear them sporadically. I would send kids out to get new ones which they were charged five bucks for. It became a period by period battle, that I and most of the teachers I knew hated. Withing a few months many of us had given up. It just wasn't worth it.
Also are their going to be penalties for students who frequently lose, forget or just refuse to wear the Ids?
Now I am six years out of a comprehensive high school and kids at my school don't wear them, except to lunch for fear of them losing them. Things may have changed but why do I suspect not much.
Also I am an adult, I get it though that since I am a teacher the super and his admin don't trust me to do my job, but I don't want to wear a GPS so Big Brother can monitor my every move.
I am just going to throw this out there too. 123 K a year to make probably two hundred thousand badges, upkeep on the equipment, and staff to monitor the data, sees like a deal to good to be true. Unfortunately deals like that often are.
To me this sounds like a great idea that somebody who isn't the classroom might like.