UK Liberty

Schools becoming Orwellian societies

Posted in politicians on liberty, surveillance society by ukliberty on March 18, 2008

The Telegraph:

Schools are becoming “Orwellian” societies where CCTV cameras in classrooms monitor pupil behaviour and staff performance, teachers will warn today.

Schools are believed to have first installed classroom CCTV four years ago, with an academy in Middlesbrough using cameras to monitor pupil behaviour and protect expensive equipment.

Mary Bousted, the union’s general secretary, said many teachers were alarmed by the technology which meant many would “never take risks” for fear of being penalised.

“If you are always on your guard, you end up, quite frankly, teaching by numbers,” she said.

The ‘chilling effect’ in action.

Leavethemkidsalone!

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