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Evaluating teachers by videoPosted Monday, April 28, 2008, at 10:15 PM
This Australian newspaper points out, www.smh.com.au/news/national/video-camer..., how some school districts, both there and in the United States, are installing video equipment in classrooms specifically so administrators can evaluate teachers more thoroughly.
I can see both pros and cons. From one side, since teachers are in a highly public position anyway -- lecturing 20-30 students at a time and, at higher grade levels, many students over a day's time -- why not video them?
But those videos may not capture the one-on-one teaching that's often so effective.
One problem teachers face is parents with personal vendettas against teachers over issues from discipline to grades, especially when the teacher's actually in the right.
Ever seen anything like that? I'd be amazed if you haven't.
Often the vendetta-spreaders are so out for revenge that they won't stop until they've practically destroyed someone. Could videos be effective in preventing situations like that?
And I realize security cameras are already in use in hallways, etc., but it seems like classroom and school bus discipline problems could be handled better with visual evidence, much like some police traffic stops are recorded.
Of course, some parents would insist their child be allowed to get by with anything.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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