NORTH CANTERBURY, N.Z. – In a move to reward “good behavior,” an elementary school will require students to wear a silicon bracelets that will track how they act.
Fairfax Media reports Swannanoa School, which educates students in grades 1-8, has raised the ire of parents with the move.
Teachers would use portable scanners to add points to a student’s online good behaviour chart with a reward when a certain amount of points was accumulated.
The school says the scheme would cost $7000 to set up. The proposal has been opposed by some parents.
The Ministry of Education said it did not recommend the bracelets and would expect broad parent support before it was adopted by the school.
Parent Emma Goodin tells the paper she objects to the move because she doesn’t want her children “treated like grocery items or criminals,” according to the news report.
“I don’t like the idea of my children being scanned,” she added.
Another parent, Liz Rutherford, wasn’t buying the idea that the bracelets would only track “good behavior.”
“If it’s just for good behaviour, why would you invest that much money in it?” she told the paper. The bracelets will reportedly cost $7,000 to start – or roughly $6,000 in American dollars.
Similar proposals have been made in America, driven largely by the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Citing a report from Yahoo News, EAGnews previously reported on a New York City school that will be deploying facial recognition technology to monitor students’ eye movements, conversations and even smiles with “EngageSense” cameras.
“I think privacy is a very serious issue that we need to consider carefully going forward and in the future but the idea here is that the information is being digested and presented in a useful way so the teacher can react and respond appropriately,” said Sean Montgomery, founder of SensorStar Labs, the company working with schools to implement the technology.
“I think in five years, this is going to be in classrooms,” Montgomery told Yahoo News.
“Gates has poured billions into the country’s public education system by supporting Common Core as well as the research of different student monitoring technologies,” EAGnews previously reported.
Gates has already begun funding the development of “engagement pedometers,” biometric bracelets for students that send electrical currents across the skin to measure the body’s response to different stimuli. Schools all across the country have already implemented biometric fingerprint and palm scanning lunch payment systems.
The New Zealand story shows that it’s not just progressives in America that want to monitor schoolchildren during their day-to-day activities but the police state is growing in other countries, as well.