In response to the Dec. 1 news article “ Wake schools policy may ban selfies”: It’s sad that your paper fell for a classic PR misdirection, skillfully executed by the Wake County Public School System. At issue was its proposed policy on photo and video image collection.
Its trickery involved directing public attention toward a silly fight over “selfies,” while the Board of Education quietly empowers administrators who want more secrecy.
Administrators know that it’s usually their word against a child’s, but a pesky video can change everything, so they want to outlaw such threats to their government jobs. This way, there is no proof of a class being disrupted by a habitually unruly student. There’s also no proof if things get out of hand in controversial subjects like the new AP history curriculum or (dare we say) sex education.
The bottom line for a video ban in WCPSS is that any evidence of bad teaching, bad curriculum or out-of-control students will be swept under the rug and student whistleblowers will be severely punished if they’re responsible enough to record any proof.
Instead, let’s opt for a transparent policy: Video recording and photography should be allowed unless deemed disruptive to any particular educational process.