Friday, September 28, 2007

Ask A Simple Question

TIME Magazine poses the following query in an article of the same title: "Should Schools Fingerprint Your Kids?"

Elementary and high school students in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia use finger scans to pay for lunch — and even to check into class.

Some states ban the use of fingerprint imaging in schools. Some are in the middle, requiring parental consent.

Consider what is wrong with the reason behind the proposal at a school district in Colorado.

The lunch lines weren't moving fast enough for Linda Stoll, head of food programs at the Boulder Valley, Colo., school district. Because of that, kids had barely enough time to sit and eat before the lunch period was over.

In a school district that does use this technology:

Allen says the system has helped add at least 10 minutes to lunch periods that in some schools last just 20 minutes.

So the kids don't get enough time to eat their lunches. Yes, that sucks. So the solution is to get them through the lunch line quicker by spending thousands of dollars on fingerprint equipment and many hours scanning them into their system. (They should hire me for half the cost and I'll tell them how to speed up their operational processes.)

So many things floating in my head now (and it's not just the coffee): Orwellian. Identity Theft. Privacy. Inmates.

The article ends:

In Boulder, Stoll still hopes to someday use fingerprint scanning in her schools. "I'm just disappointed our parents wouldn't let us be on the forefront of this technology," she says.

Don't worry, Ms. Stoll. You are the long arm of the government. If your local government decides they need kids' fingerprints, you'll get them.

1 comment:

Aquinas Dad said...

Sheesh. Why don't they just cut to the chase and start building the regional State Creches that they obviously want?