Originally Posted by linguist
Unbelievable how many adults' reaction to matters of discipline in schools seems to bring out their inner seventeen-year-old as opposed to the responsible people they are supposed to be.
Doubtless Sean Flynn will say it's all the fault of the unions which seems to be his stock answer!
A letter to the editor claims that teachers would be against having cameras in class as the principal could see what the teachers are up to which kind of implies that teachers are up to no good themselves. As a teacher I would have no problems with a camera in the class, although there would still be parents who deny their child is messing even when confronted with the evidence.
here is the letter
Sir, – In his “Were school expulsions an over-reaction or a timely line in the sand” article (Home News, May 22nd) Seán Flynn quotes a teacher as saying: “[We’ve] had more than enough of bad behaviour and insubordination. It’s about time we had some decisive action”. I agree.
I suggest that that “decisive action” take the form of what was suggested in your columns in the past, that is, CCTV cameras in school classrooms as they are in school corridors. They would provide incontrovertible evidence of “bad behaviour and insubordination” and deter same to let teachers teach and students learn.
I’m told that this solution has been ruled out because teachers don’t want a situation where the headmaster could also see what they are or were doing. – Yours, etc,
WILLIAM M DOYLE,