Nevertheless, as this week's winner demonstrates, many in the teaching professions are fighting video surveillance with every fiber of their being.
Recently, a school district in New Jersey notified a mother that they would no longer tutor her 2 children who have a chromosomal disorder unless she removed the "nanny camera" she had recently installed in her home.
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Even so, the mother now lives in fear of her children losing services and falling behind. She was sent a message from the school district telling her that therapists and tutoring would no longer be provided if she continues to record sessions by video.
This brings up an interesting, multifaceted conundrum. To be completely frank, parents these days tend towards the side of being "helicopter parents." What instructor or therapist would want to subject themselves to being micro-managed or continually critiqued by an overly protective parent? I can certainly appreciate that point of view as I watch some of my peers "majoring in the minors" when it comes to their kids.
On the other hand, these tutors work for this mother in her home. A good parent would naturally want to do their very best in assuring their children are behaving appropriately in these sessions and receiving appropriate treatment by the tutors. Furthermore, what if this parent wished to review these tutoring lessons, working together with the team, reinforcing what the children are learning? With the adversarial treatment of the school district, all possibility of working together has now been removed.
~ Barb Dittrich
*Read more at New Jersey School District Threatens to Stop Sending Special Needs Therapist After Mother Installs Nanny Cam.