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January 23, 2011

Cameras in all classrooms? In Wyoming, maybe.

I was taking a glimpse at education news from other states and came across a pretty extreme idea now before the Wyoming legislature, according to a story in the Star-Tribune. The idea is to put cameras in classrooms to video-tape lessons for all new and veteran teachers. What supporters are saying is that teachers and students change their behavior when a principal walks into a classroom to do an evaluation, so this would be a means of figuring out what really happens when everyone in the classroom isn't on their best behavior. Do we really think teachers need that kind of scrutiny? What's next? Live-streamed lessons that parents can check on line, and administrators can watch from the central office? What happened to the idea of just letting great teachers close the door and have a relaxed, human interaction with their students?

Posted by Liz Bowie at 8:49 PM | | Comments (5)
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Because there are too many in some schools that are not doing a good job of teaching our children, and there is no accountability. Also, its a good idea to have the ability to show parents what their child is or is not doing. In this day and age it becomes a win win situation. Whether we like it or not cameras are everywhere and why not in the classrooms. I feel this is a way to protect students and teachers.

Seriously, you don't think teachers are held accountable? Obviously you're not a teacher.

I don't think the question is if teachers are being held accountable, it's more a matter of knowing the whole story. When there have been YouTube videos of classroom violence everybody asked what lead up to the situation. A camera would answer that question. When a teacher wants a student removed from a class for a rule violation, if it was on film there would be no room for doubt. If a parent suspects bullying, but a teacher denies that it's happening, the camera would settle the question. Same thing for evaluations.

Given the nature of a classroom, where a teacher knows he/she is on display for every class period, what's the objection to being filmed?

My question is who would pay for the technology and the manpower to save the images? If it were free I'd say it's great for everyone involved.

PLEASE put cameras in the classroom-So many parents are called for discipline issues for things as simple as dress code violations, to students with profanity, drugs or worse. Parents will believe their child's version,"That didn't happen" 90% of the time and refuse to be accountable. Actually-you'll never get cameras in the classroom-parents won't allow it and teachers will need HUGE raises when the world sees what they REALLY do!

I was just going to say the same thing, DEBBYO.

Classrooms will never have cameras because if everything was on tape, then parents and administrators would have to deal with the consequences of what some of the children are doing in there.

It's so much easier to just blame the teacher.

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