i read in the paper this morning about a high school football coach who has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations that he's abusive in the classroom as well as on the football field.
it's sparked a whole conversation about putting cameras in the classroom. bullying, false allegations about teachers, classroom disrupters, and the like are now unstoppable until we get surveillance systems.
cameras in the classroom? really?
have we really gotten to a point in our society that we can't take people's words about situations? that we can't control kids in classrooms? that bullying is becoming such a rampant problem that we need cameras?
while i agree that cameras would result in a reduction in classroom shenanigans, do we really need to slip down that slope? whatever happened to parental involvement?
even if we kept all recordings locked up in a safe and only brought them out after a written complaint that couldn't be resolved through normal channels… even if we didn't have situations where principals spent their days pouring over videos of classroom activities, how in the world would we absorb such an astronomical expense? because we all know that classrooms/hallways/gyms/auditoriums would require more than just the one camera… who/how in the world would the schools get the resources for such a beast?
and it's not just the expense. do we really want big brother in our school system?
what has happened in our society that we need to even consider such an idea?
i don't know. the whole idea just makes the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. what about you?