He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Causing to Stumble
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:2-6
The Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead reports this below regarding a 15 year old's refusal to wear a tracking chip at her school :
School officials at Jay High School reportedly offered to quietly remove the tracking chip from Andrea Hernandez’s card if the sophomore would agree to wear the new ID, stop criticizing the program and publicly support the initiative. Andrea refused on principle, because she believes wearing the chipless Student Locator ID badge would signal that she endorses a program that not only violates her conscience but also runs afoul of her constitutional rights. As a result, Andrea now faces expulsion for refusing to participate in the school’s money-making scheme. (The parallels to another so-called “necessary” taxpayer-funded program, full-body x-ray scanners in airports, are evident. Of course, those scanners, which are now being relegated to a moldering Texas warehouse, turned out to be little more than a pointless yet costly means of enriching the security industrial complex.)
Technology is advanced and so easy to implement. Especially when there is a cash cow involved. Up to 1.7 million in awards for this Texas school district.
But it has nothing to do with these kids getting an education. Except for the lesson quoted in Mr. Whitehead's column by Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jail House author – Annette Fuentes.
"The end result is that we have schools in which the learning environment has been degraded and undermined because we are teaching kids to fear and feel that they are suspects at any particular time. Educators talk about the teachable moments. Unfortunately, public fear of kids, public hysteria around another Columbine, has prevented people from remembering that the mission of public schools is to educate.”
Linda Dobson at Parent at the Helm cautions homeschoolers. She caught an Education Week article concerning a Washington based Data Quality Campaign. From Linda:
If you homeschool your child from the beginning, you have half a chance of keeping your child out of the tracking. If you can stomach it, I suggest you read the entire article on lifelong tracking of your kids, then ask yourself how much you’re willing to tolerate in exchange for government schooling.
Andrea Hernandez is not a young child, but in the face of isolation within her school structure, she is learning how to be a honor-bound leader. Kudos to her and her bravery within the bully system.