Oh No!!! Undercover recording devices in schools!

High school teacher’s comments investigated by district

Sean Allen frequently recorded his teachers to back up his notes.  Allen recorded Jay Bennish, his 10th grade World Geography teacher, making comments about President Bush’s State of the Union Address. 

Allen’s father claims the comments made in the recording are biased and inappropriate for a geography class. 

Will the press demand the seizure of all iPods and tape recorders from High School Students? 

Make all schools iPod free zones? Walkman free zones? Tape free zones?!!!

WorldCantWait thinks so! 

[it] would represent a step toward a future where electronic surveillance and fear are classroom norms, where adherence to public policy is mandatory and dissenters whisper behind closed doors in fear of a network of informants and spies. If people can remain silent as a public school teacher is spied on, …  That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn — or be forced — to accept.

Is speaking in front of a class assumed to be a private conversation that cannot be recorded? Er … no!

After all you wouldn’t want a student to record your class and then actually post it as a pod cast or send it into a radio station and find yourself being held responsible for your words! 

Looks like the clue bat is hitting the left right between the eyes! Guess what? As personal electronics become smaller and more tightly integrated into one’s personal life, the chances that your words and actions will recorded for posterity increase exponentially.

Will we lose “privacy” in the extropian world?

Hattip: LGF and Generation Why



One comment

  1. I’m a mother and after some of the things I’ve had to deal with in public schools I say,all and anyone should be able to tape a class. If the teachers don’t have anything to hide then whats the problem? When the kids get in there classroom and the teacher shuts the door who knows whats going on,or said. Lots of times the kids will tell someone something that has happened in the class and it’s there word against the teacher. And everyone wants to believe the teacher. And the other kids don’t want to get in trouble. This way our kids can be protected at least a little. I’m for putting cameras in every classroom across america. And being able to go on line and see my child durring the day and whats going on. Again if the teachers have nothing to hide then it shouldn’t bother them!!


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