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SCHOOLS: Put cameras in classrooms

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on May 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm | 79 Comments »
May 4, 2012 1:21 pm

If cameras and sound equipment were installed in every classroom and in the hallways in public schools there could be a number of positive outcomes, but of course, teachers unions and the ACLU would probably fight tooth-and-nail against the idea.

If rowdy students who often disrupt classroom activities to the point that teachers have to spend far too much of their time dealing with them, knew that what they were doing or saying was being recorded much of the poor behavior would be eliminated.

At present when teachers are being evaluated, they know well in advance when the administrators will be showing up and can prepare accordingly. Let’s face it, almost anyone can put on a good show for a two or three visits from their superiors. It would be far more meaningful if teachers knew that they might be being evaluated at any given time.

Many students fear going to school because bullies often make their lives miserable, but if there is anything bullies fear it is being caught in the act. So if they knew that their activities in the hallways where much of the bullying takes place were being recorded, schools would be much safer places for all kids.

To those who would argue that “Big Brother” would be spying, I would remind them that “Big Brother” picks up the tab for public schools and should have the right to know if his little brothers and sisters are receiving a quality education in a safe environment.

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