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Facial recognition sparks debate in schools

Jul 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis

Many K-12 schools are choosing to install facial recognition as a means of added security for the school. However, some individuals question how much good the use of facial recognition is actually bringing to the school, causing a divide in the reception of the technology.

The goal of facial recognition in schools – and the reason so many schools are installing it – is to keep students safe from individuals who could pose a threat to the school in some way.

For much of the public who has seen the security benefits of adding facial recognition in schools, the technology has been praised for its ability to save students from harm.

One Texas high school’s facial recognition system was able to identify a suspended student at the graduation ceremony who was barred from visiting the school, and officials were able to escort the student out within 30 seconds of when he sat down, ensuring safety and lack of disruption at the event.

Canva - Two Gray Bullet Security CamerasHowever, despite its successes, some individuals are concerned about the technology’s accuracy. According to a study by the MIT Media Lab, females with darker skin are misidentified up to 34.4% of the time. In a school setting, this could disadvantage students of color, causing them to be singled out or punished due to faulty technology.

While facial recognition has not been perfected, it is becoming more common, so it is important for administrators and educators to know the effects of implementing the technology.

Read the full story here: How far should facial recognition technology go in K-12?

Topics: Science, Math & Computer Science, Technology, STEMtechnology, TechED, Education Technology

Rebecca Ellis

Written by Rebecca Ellis