I am posting a lot today. Sorry. This is the last one.
The Coalition made a big thing that they were banning the fingerprinting of school kids - an urban myth*. But now they have introduced body-searching of school kids
, as a real thing. As in - no kids were ever fingerprinted in real life, but kids will be searched in real life. And searched for what? For mobile technology.
We think that technology should be integrated and used within the classroom, but the new people think it's a threat to be contained and excluded. I think the model of an ideal classroom is to resemble a minor public school in the 1970s - Michael Gove's experience. Like his view of what should be taught in history or what should be taught in literature, it's an autocratic imposition of his own idiosyncracies onto the entire education system.
* Cashless lunch-payment systems work by finger-touch, but it's an urban myth that they take or store fingerprints. These finger-touch systems in any case have not been removed from the few schools which use them, and the requirement for parental consent remains. The noises made on the subject are pure unadulterated bullshit.