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can id badges boost attendance records?

by adv1 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:06 pm

A school district in Texas has decided to use radio frequency identification cards (RFID) to track students while at school premises or on the bus. This action has sparked a lot of controversy not only on civil rights topic but also motivation and service quality.

RFID allows for locating an object using radio antennas, in this case the student id badge acts as a beacon. The idea was to track students coming in and leaving the school as well hoping on and off the school buses. Safety would definitely improve once it's easier to find each student but it wasn't the main objective.

Primary goal for the program was to improve attendance record in schools, especially the ones in not so good neighborhoods where this was a serious problem. While there was an agreement on the fact that attendance should improve the means of achieving it got far more controversial. I have to point out here that school turn out is one of the most important measures when it comes to federal and state funds distribution for the education system. Parent concern was that it's all about getting money and not improving the service quality. Basically it's not about to bringing the horse to water it's about to make him drink.

RFID attendance tracking could only boost physical presence statistics but won't help student experience or test results, not directly anyway. Parents community insisted on making the education offer more attractive to the students and spending money on hiring more teachers so that teacher-student ratio decreases and each individual gets more attention. Teacher and school staff argued on the contrary that it's not their job or capacity to chase students around to get them to school.

Debate got picked up by tabloids and have gone nowhere or emotional fight at best. What I think was needed there was a parent teacher communication instead of actions started by only one part without even discussing it with the other side involved
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