Shock horror: The Greens, (well one of them), say something sensible:
"We should be preparing young people for the reality of defending their privacy and civil liberties against ever-more intrusive government systems," he argued.
"We've heard proposals for airport-style scanners and random drug testing in schools, fingerprinting is already in place in some schools. There's a risk of creating environments which feel more like penal institutions than places of learning.
"These ID cards will do absolutely nothing to address the causes of bullying. Instead they will teach the next generation that an ID card culture is 'normal', and that they should have to prove their entitlement to services."
The SSTA's argument seems to be:
There is bullying going on, our current systems fail to stop this, therefore we must make the system more secure by introducing ID cards.
Can you see where this falls down yet? That would be the last bit, instead of improving discipline in the schools, (difficult but the only thing that is going to work in the long term). They just introduce the magical ID card fairy and everything will be alright.
At the moment kids steal each other's cards, if and let's allow them this if at the moment, the damn things work, there will be no point in stealing another's card. Is this going to stop bullying? No, bollocks it will, it just makes the problem that little bit less obvious so that teachers can ignore it some more.
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