One of the mommy friends called me a few days ago. She’d read online that the Hawkins County school system was shifting to biometric IDs to track lunch accounts: she thought we should protest.
I’d heard the cafeterias were shifting to biometric identification. The school system had solicited public comment on the plan over the summer, but I didn’t comment or give it much thought. I was more concerned they were planning to use wii’s in PE class. Oh, there’s nothing wrong with wii’s in PE class, I suppose – but I do worry that we’re (a) not teaching our children how to balance the virtual world with the real one, (b) not allowing them enough time to explore and invent simple ways to entertain themselves, (c) raising a generation of non-Dodge ball playing weenies because yes, catching an overinflated ball to the kidneys is character building and (d) I’m just jealous that I was never permitted to play PacMan in PE.
I caught The Original‘s push to turn the Presidential Fitness Program into a “Challenge” – one that had students across the country dangling on chin-up bars while hairy-legged gym teachers in polyester short-shorts screamed for encouragement. Things like that can scar a person, ya know.
So maybe wii’s aren’t so bad. After all, things change, right? Some changes are for the better. And isn’t it possible that use of biometric data for identification is positive change? In order to determine this, I think you have to develop a basic understanding of the technology, be aware of the problems it is intended to resolve versus those it could create.