Facing Tomorrow’s High-Tech School Surveillance

Rose Eveleth in Motherboard. All annotations in context. It might sound like dystopian science fiction, but this could be the not-too-distant future for schools across America and beyond. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, for instance, have already begun publishing models for how to use facial recognition and machine learning to predict student…

The School Shootings That Weren’t

Anya Kamenetz on NPR's Morning Edition. How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school? The reports from the U.S. Department of Education are apparently way off. This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving…

It’s the Guns

Commentary from David Frum in The Atlantic following the school shooting at Santa Fe High School outside of Houston, TX. Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.   Only 30 percent of Americans own guns. Thus far, that minority has…