Students cutting class is something that has existed ever since school was invented. But the Anaheim Union High School District school district is enacting a plan to get their kids in line. According to the Orange County Register, “seventh- and eighth-graders with four unexcused absences or more this school year are assigned to carry a hand-held GPS device about the size of a cell phone.”
The students also will receive calls to their houses by school counselors to make sure they get up and come to school — something that NYC schools are starting to do, but with celebrities. The program has a great success rate: “Where the GPS technology has been implemented, average attendance among chronically truant students jumped from 77 percent to 95 percent during the six-week program.”
Although the GPS technology shows good results for boosting attendance, are we turning kids into criminals? Psychologically, it can’t be good for teenagers — especially the “bad ones” — to get used to being treated like they’ve broken the law, with their every step being traced. Junior high school should be a time where kids test the limits a little bit. They’re like thirteen — four days of missed class shouldn’t be grounds for a school to watch a kid’s every move.
Plus, some evidence that GPS tracking doesn’t really work too well anyway:
[via Pat’s Papers]