Behind the Headline: The Case for Cop and Teacher Cams

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The Case for Cop and Teacher Cams
8/18/14 | Chicago Tribune

Behind the Headline
Lights, Camera, Action!
Spring 2011 | Education Next

As interest has grown in the idea of requiring police officers to wear video cameras, Slate’s Reihan Salam wonders why we don’t also ask teachers to wear them. Salam identifies two distinct uses for videotapes of classrooms. First, they could be used to see if teachers are disciplining students in a race-neutral way. Second, they could allow teachers (and others) to evaluate their performance in the classroom and could help teachers improve. He writes

Video recording could help teachers beat back shrill accusations of incompetence and top-down, one-size-fits-all schemes for measuring effectiveness. Many teachers have, for good reason, resisted the concept of value-added assessments that rely heavily on standardized tests, preferring instead classroom evaluations that involve occasional visits from outside observers. Video recording every class session would give observers far more data to work with, thus giving them a fairer and more complete picture of how well a given teacher is doing day in and day out — not just a brief snapshot drawn from an hour or two.

He concludes

Video recording is nothing more and nothing less than a tool for accountability. Those who use their power responsibly and who make a good-faith effort to do their jobs well have much to gain from video recording. Those who abuse their power and who otherwise cut corners will either have to shape up or answer for their actions. If you come across an argument against video recording that doesn’t sound like an attempt to avoid accountability, fill me in.

Ed Next’s Mike Petrilli wrote about using video recordings to evaluate teachers in the Spring 2011 issue of Education Next.




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Holding a Wolf by the Ears

Secretary Duncan’s reflective take on testing can delay, but cannot resolve, the reckoning that seems to be at hand.

Behind the Headline: Students Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early

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On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement saying that “insufficient sleep in adolescents [is] an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.”

Who Are Your Teachers? New Technology for Humanity

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We are witnessing a particularly exciting breed of edtech that focuses on relationships and networks as much as academic content and assessment.

Behind the Headline: Sometimes the School Down the Block Makes You Nervous

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It’s the first day of school in many locales, and many parents are taking their kids to the neighborhood school for the first time. But what to do if the neighborhood school in the community you love makes you nervous — maybe because it is overcrowded or has low test scores or has a lot of students who do not speak English or a lot of students from low-income families?

Don’t Blame School Choice for Philly’s School Funding Fiasco

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What’s really driving Philadelphia’s budget woes? The same growth mismanagement plaguing Pennsylvania statewide.

Stuck in the Middle with State-Level Reform

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There is a yawning gap between the stirring language in state constitutions promising great primary and secondary schools and the nitty-gritty work of actually living up to that responsibility.

Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

Differences between the two polls derive from the questions that are asked and the way in which they are posed.

What Is Going On at Success Academy?

New York’s latest round of state test results were released last week and the biggest news is the scores posted by Success Academy.

Behind the Headline: The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure

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On Top of the News The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure 8/19/14 | Wall Street Journal Behind the Headline No Common Opinion on the Common Core Education Next In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson notes that Americans give 13% of teachers in their local school district a grade of D and […]

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