You’ve got to hand it to the New York Times. This one goes down smooth. The GPS system is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It tracks, it traces, it slices, it dices, it gets results, it saves lives. And it saves money! Who needs jail for the kiddies when an “in-school suspension program” is available?
“Big Brother,” you say.
“This is a device that connects you to a buddy who wants to keep you safe and help you graduate,” says Dave Leis, a spokesman for NovaTracker, the company that makes the tracking system.
If that’s not double plus good, I don’t know what is.
Now, I got sidetracked from all the better-living-through-surveillance claptrap onto a different issue. The article says that Jaime Pacheco doesn’t eat breakfast at home, but when he gets to school and activates his tracking unit, he heads to the cafeteria. Does “in-school suspension” include some form of breakfast? Indeed, I think it does.
What gastronomical delights await the kiddies at Bryan Adams High School in East Dallas?
* Shudder *
After some meandering around the high school’s website, I found this menu.
What you’ve got there is a recipe for diabetes and ADHD. Highly refined white flour, sugar, cast off slag from unthinkable, industrial meat production operations and salt. We almost certainly don’t want to know what else.
I called Becky over to look at it and we were both struck dumb by the sight of a main breakfast entrée called a “Breakfast Stick.”
WTF is a breakfast stick?
I played with the handy feeding time configurator and the breakfast stick looks like some form of corn dog. But what’s in that thing?
Anyway, gazing upon the U.S. now just seems like looking at Hell as a fractal. You zoom in, and there’s more Hell. Zoom in again, more Hell. Zoom in again, GPS tracked students. Zoom in again, breakfast stick.
Via: New York Times:
Jaime Pacheco rolled out of bed at dawn last week to the blaring chorus of two alarms. Then Jaime, a 15-year-old high school freshman, smoothed his striped comforter, dumped two scoops of kibble for the dogs out back and strapped a G.P.S. monitor to his belt.
Jaime Pacheco, a student in East Dallas, has not missed school since being chosen by a judge to carry a device that tracks his movements.
By 7:15, Jaime was in the passenger seat of his grandmother’s sport-utility vehicle, holding the little black monitor out the window for the satellite to register. A few miles down the road, at Bryan Adams High School in East Dallas, he got out of the car, said goodbye to his grandmother and paused to press a button on the unit three times. A green light flashed, and then Jaime headed for the cafeteria with plenty of time before the morning bell.
It was not always like this. Jaime used to snooze until 2 p.m. before strolling into school. He fell so far behind that he is failing most of his classes and school officials sent him to truancy court.
Instead of juvenile detention, Jaime was selected by a judge to be enrolled in a pilot program at Bryan Adams in which chronically truant students are monitored electronically. Since Jaime started carrying the Global Positioning System unit April 1, he has had perfect attendance.
“I’m just glad they didn’t take him to jail,” said Jaime’s grandmother Diana Mendez, who raised him. “He’s a good kid. He was just on a crooked path.”
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