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?