The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Cameras in Classrooms

Dec 13, 2010

Several large school districts in the U.S. are installing cameras in classrooms to videotape teachers for “evaluation” purposes.

These are some of the same districts that are laying off teachers and increasing class sizes, such as New York, Denver, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Memphis and Charlotte, N.C. All of them have talked about being short of money. Now they want to pay people–not to teach, but to sit on their butts and watch teachers teach!

Where do such “brilliant” ideas come from? From bosses, of course–big bosses.

One big fan of classroom cameras is Bill Gates. And Gates has money to push for what he wants. His foundation is investing 335 million dollars into changing the way teachers are evaluated–by installing cameras in classrooms, for example.

What B.S.! Gates and all these administrators are saying, don’t hire more teachers; don’t fix the crumbling buildings; don’t improve facilities and teaching materials–just monitor the overloaded teachers every minute of every day!

It’s just another way of attacking the teachers, while draining even more money from the real education of the children.