We Have Body Cams on Our Police, Should We Have Classroom Cams in Our Schools?

It is almost universally accepted that webcams, in certain cases, are a wonderful tool to keep you in touch with the things that matter the most to you. We love our nanny cams and even our poodle cams at your local dog boarding facilities.

We’ve seen how important it can be for police officers to wear their body cams, not only for the benefit of the public, but for their own protection from false claims in such a highly charged atmosphere.

There are other more questionable uses of surveillance that create controversy for some. This usually focuses on cameras being used when the public is unaware of their presence.

With the number of places using cameras growing, some are wondering why we haven’t placed cameras in the classrooms of schools so that what is being taught can be monitored.

Matt Walsh recently wrote an article about placing webcams in our classrooms for The Daily Wire.

“If almost everyone agrees that we should have cameras to see what dog boarders, bank tellers, cops and daycare workers are doing, why don’t we have cameras to see what public school teachers are doing?,” Walsh wrote.

He questions why you woudn’t want the same access to your child that you have with your bank teller or dog boarder?

Wash stated, “If we want this level of accountability and transparency for people who watch our pets, and handle our money, and care for our toddlers, and enforce our laws, why shouldn’t we want it — why don’t we want it — for the people teaching our kids?”

For many parents who are concerned with the Critical Race Theory, this idea has struck a cord. There seems to be a growing segment of our population that is losing trust in our school systems and have a sense that teachers are free to teach our children whatever seems right to them.

Walsh wrote, “Despite the ridiculous arguments put forth by many on the Left — and some especially feeble and useless members of the Right — teachers do not have a “free speech right” to say whatever they want to the children in their classrooms. Public school teachers are government employees, entrusted to perform a particular task. They should not have the liberty to deviate from that task whenever they like.”

When Walsh took his view to social media, it created a firestorm of responses. He was met with intense pushback from many people — including many parents. A common thought was that cameras in the classroom would restrict “privacy” and “freedom” in the classroom.

Certainly there would be a problem if each of the children were on the camera. Most parents don’t want what their children are doing in school monitored by anyone in the general public. But Walsh said that there could be passwords on the feeds so that only parents could monitor what is happening in the room. And that the focus of the camera would be the front of the room, capturing just the teacher.

But for many who are against the camera-in-the-classroom idea, the problem seems to be equally, if not primarily, the privacy and freedom of the teachers. Walsh just flat out questions whether teachers who are shaping our children should have more privacy than our bank tellers who are handling our money.

Walsh also puts it out there that according to the Department of Education’s own study in 2004, nearly 10 percent of students are victims of sexual misconduct by educators.

“All the more reason for greater surveillance. Like police body cams, the protection also runs both ways. Teachers who are falsely accused of inappropriate actions can simply point to the tape. Teachers stuck in parent-teacher conferences, trying to convince oblivious parents that their little angel is actually a demon-possessed terrorist in the classroom, will now have video evidence to prove it. The advantages to cameras in the classroom can be enjoyed by all honest parties,” Walsh stated.