Scottish Green Party - the voice of reason
All secondary pupils in Scotland should be given ID cards in an effort to stamp out bullying, according to a teaching union.
The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA) says many schools already have card systems in place for school lunches and libraries.
It believes adding a picture would stop pupils missing meals because they have been bullied into handing over cards.
The SSTA's general secretary, David Eaglesham, said the time had come for photographic identification to be added to the cards used to access school facilities.
He said that introducing such a system would also help prepare young people for "the realities of identity management in the 21st Century".
However, Green MSP Patrick Harvie said the suggestion was troubling.
"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."
Ye Gods - what has it come to when the Green Party is the voice of sanity against the Command and Control Teachers - Poor bloody kids being taught by the likes of the SSTA. If the teachers got off their arses and took their meals with the kids, and got to know them, then the problem would not exist but instead to protect a few kids from being bullied into handing over their meal vouchers they approve of subjecting the whole herd to branding..