Well, California is once again in the lead for the kookiest state in the union, as this latest example of big brother nuttiness demonstrates:
Sure, the program is "voluntary" and the devices are hand-held for now, but it won't be too long before the idiots in Sacramento decide that every student should wear an ankle bracelet or even "be chipped" so that class attendance is maintained.
This is more "patching" on the quilt of an educational system that is not only failing but that is a failure. While I certainly wouldn't maintain that all students playing hooky from school are doing so for the reasons I am about to advance, I certainly think that some of them are doing so, and that they are doing so for perfectly rational reasons: (1) they are bored in their classes and (2) they are thinking "why bother going to school to get a 'decent job' when the very businesses are outsourcing the good jobs overseas?" Rather than addressing the problem, which is the failing system itself, a system that insists on addressing its students as dumbed-down morons, rather than as intelligent people able to master a subject, the Anaheim School District has adopted a truly Disneyland "technological solution" that will fix nothing. It will only guarantee more bored students in classrooms being taught by certified mediocrities pumped out of an educational establishment intoxicated on "educational methods and pedagogy" and not focused on the content of the subjects it is supposed to be teaching.
I could go on and on, but I suspect that most people here know what I'm getting at: the American educational system is fraudulent. It is broken, and throwing more money or gizmos and gimmicks at it is not going to fix it.