Connecticut teachers want a law to ban cameras from classrooms, reports U.S. News. They’re worried about students using their cellphones to record teachers’ worst moments — or to record routine moments and edit them in nasty ways.
Union leaders say imposing limits on the use of cameras and other recording devices in school might be necessary to prevent damaging videos and pictures from ending up on Facebook and YouTube.
The Hartford Courant reports that there are thousands of these videos online. One pokes fun at a Connecticut high school physics teacher who is shown “flailing his arms, short-hopping across the classroom, then pushing against the wall” in an attempt to demonstrate how molecules move. The problem is that the surreptitiously shot video doesn’t carry the teacher’s explanation of the principles, only the sound of instrumental music.
. . . Legal experts argue that teachers have a limited expectation of privacy in the classroom.
I’m not sure what I think about the proposed law.