Educators embracing technology at the expense of common sense

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Police body camera.

Credit: ACLU

This morning I was asked to sign a permission slip so that my 13-year-old son, who has autism, could get lunch with his summer school classmates by walking across the street to a sandwich shop. Seems unnecessary given the proximity of the eatery to the school, but I’m assuming that any step off school property is legally tantamount to his earlier trip to Washington, D.C.

No big deal; I just signed the form.       

However, what the school would never receive my permission to do – not by a long shot – is to videotape my children’s every interaction with school administrators, as they are apparently planning to do this fall in an Iowa school district.

The theory: If body cameras are good for police officers, they’re good for school principals, too.

This makes less sense than requiring a permission slip to cross the street and is being opposed by many voices of reason, including sensible educators and the American Civil Liberties Union. You can read the school district’s reasoning and the more compelling criticisms in this article by Slate.

I’d like to think this is simply a bad idea that is unlikely to spread. That may be wishful thinking, however.

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