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Old 01-23-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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This isn't anything new. I had to track my eating habits for a month at various points in my school career. I wasn't graded on them, they didn't go to administration, it was just helping me learn how to balance out meals and be more self aware of what I was eating. This was 15+ years ago on the opposite coast.

I imagine the pedometers will be used similarly. They'll teach students to set healthy goals and learn how to measure physical activity in a new way. I imagine the kids will eat it up--it involves a gadget, and is personalized to them.
I'm all for giving kids a healthy sense of self awareness. Lots of people, adults included, underestimate how many calories they are consuming and overestimate how many calories they are burning. They may also not realize how unbalanced their diet is.

But I do think that students are entitled to a certain amount of privacy when it comes to their daily habits. Documenting nutritional/activity level info for oneself is one thing, but handing that info over to the school? I'm not so sure about that.

I imagine that these pedometers will be turned in after every use to be used again by someone else. I wonder how that will work. Will the mileage info be cleared? Recorded?
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:48 AM
 
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This is already happening in New York.

Polar Active activity monitor for schoolkids raises privacy concerns among parents - NYPOST.com
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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But I do think that students are entitled to a certain amount of privacy when it comes to their daily habits. Documenting nutritional/activity level info for oneself is one thing, but handing that info over to the school? I'm not so sure about that.
You know, I agree--although when I was a kid my school kept track of all our fitness records. They were quite as detailed as this, but we were tested and measured every year and supposedly they kept track of it.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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Found the opt-out form:
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Documenting nutritional/activity level info for oneself is one thing, but handing that info over to the school? I'm not so sure about that.
I didn't read the proposal--does it say what is going to done with any tracking logs? I just assumed it was like the journals I had to keep in high school--the teacher checked that I had written my required page per day at random intervals, but he never actually graded the content. I envisioned this as "track the number of steps you've taken today, write the number in the box, and start over tomorrow".

When I had to make logs for eating in middle school, it was just "Here's what I ate" (Spaghetti, salad, bread) and then circling which food groups it came from and how many servings of each part of the pyramid I thought I had eaten. The teacher didn't do anything with it other than check for completeness. It really was just for our benefit.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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I didn't read the proposal--does it say what is going to done with any tracking logs? I just assumed it was like the journals I had to keep in high school--the teacher checked that I had written my required page per day at random intervals, but he never actually graded the content. I envisioned this as "track the number of steps you've taken today, write the number in the box, and start over tomorrow".

When I had to make logs for eating in middle school, it was just "Here's what I ate" (Spaghetti, salad, bread) and then circling which food groups it came from and how many servings of each part of the pyramid I thought I had eaten. The teacher didn't do anything with it other than check for completeness. It really was just for our benefit.
The proposal sounds a little different than what you describe.

It will involve the students developing "online fitness, nutrition and activity behaviors portfolios" which can be reviewed by administrators to "determine any needs for program change based on data"....
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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My daughter did this in her middle school health class in MoCo, MD. It was no big deal. It seems to have opened her eyes to taking better care of herself. This is not big brother nosing into your business.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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My daughter did this in her middle school health class in MoCo, MD. It was no big deal. It seems to have opened her eyes to taking better care of herself. This is not big brother nosing into your business.
Well if Maryland did it, I guess that's o.k. - LOL.

But seriously, I'm not trying to make this program into anything more than what it is. I do have some questions about it, though.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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Sounds about as big brotherish as teaching kids how to balance a checkbook (or nowadays use on-line banking) or create a budget.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Sounds about as big brotherish as teaching kids how to balance a checkbook (or nowadays use on-line banking) or create a budget.
You can teach a kid how to balance a checkbook and make a budget without getting into very personal family details - like a parent's mortgage payment, credit card debt, etc.

Is documenting what a child has for dinner or how many steps they take after school/during the weekend intrusive? Maybe, maybe not. Does it matter that this info will be looked at by teachers/administrators? Again - maybe, maybe not. Just something to think about.
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