Our recent story “Teacher who video recorded disruptive student suing over job loss” prompted a wave of responses from readers who sympathized with the Philadelphia educator who became so frustrated with disruptive behavior in his classroom that he turned a video camera on the students—and was fired as a result.
While many stories reported by eSchool News elicit a diverse mix of reactions, it seems this one—at least in the eyes of our readers—was fairly black and white: Teacher Harry Drake was an unfortunate victim of poorly behaved students and an unsupportive administration.
Here’s what others had to say about the situation—from whether it should be OK for a teacher to record disruptive behavior to show administrators, to some of the underlying legal issues in Drake’s favor.
One reader even gave a detailed account of how videotaping can work in a classroom—and earn the support of the administration, too.
(Comments edited for brevity)
Disruptive students are education’s ‘800-pound gorilla’
Many readers noted that behavioral issues play a larger role in a school’s success—or lack thereof—than policy makers acknowledge.
“I wish cameras were in the classroom,” said reader perrydo. “This way, there would be documentation on just how bad some of the students behave and give some teachers protection. It would force the administration and parents to take a hard look at student behavior—the 800-pound gorilla.”
Reader Antonio said students should be held to the same standards of accountability as are teachers and their schools.