By Kyle Olson
MUSKEGON, Mich. – The recent case of a North Carolina student who taped his teacher ranting in defense of President Obama exposed how much can be learned from hidden cameras in the classroom.
And these days, most high school and college students carry cell phones of some variety, with video and audio capabilities.
Americans now have a window into public school classrooms, and teachers have a reason to watch the way they act toward students.
In the past, the situation was safer for teachers and more precarious for students. Kids who had the courage to complain about teachers were rare, and generally lacked evidence. Without evidence, the teachers nearly always prevailed and their accusers were left demoralized.
But not anymore. A teacher never knows when he or she is being filmed. And if that’s not enough incentive to maintain a professional demeanor, perhaps they should find another line of work.
In any case, public school and college students could bring a lot to the education reform debate by keeping their recording devices rolling in class, and capturing their teacher’s questionable activities. EAGnews will happily accept the videos and publicize them on our website, if they’re newsworthy, authentic and obtained legally.
The reality is, America wouldn’t know about many abusive situations if students weren’t quick-thinking with their hand-held devices.
Keep up the good work, kids. Become familiar with recording laws in your state, then send us your material. As the North Carolina incident shows, one video can help put the brakes on teacher bullying and indoctrination, and lend more transparency and accountability into our classrooms.