One of the most effective approaches for the prevention of crime are cameras that disclose what happens on our streets and in places where business is conducted.  Does the possibility of the moral defilement of students’ minds by a few clever secular exclusivists in the captive government classrooms justify cameras? And is now a good time to have them installed?

The power of cameras in the classroom is not just in uncovering crime.  Communities have important and strongly-held standards; teacher opposition to those community standards within the public school classroom is not punishable by law. If a tenured teacher minority does not respect and uphold those standards, continued deterioration of vital cultural statistics among students are inevitable.  Irate parents may encourage the use of cameras as they understand what has been going on.

Some students who are beneficiaries of moral training at home, Sunday school, and church attendance, come home troubled and upset from incidences in the classroom.  I know of one instance where the student asked his parents, who are very prominent in our community, for permission to express his concern to the principal and they gave that permission.  That student did go to the principal, but what can the school principal do when the teacher has an employment guarantee?  Nothing. 

Reports of flagrant violations of community standards by teachers must be verifiable.  There should not be any criticism or false charges, such as any made against good teachers caught taking a strong moral stand or criticizing leftist’s political correctness in the classroom.  The public outcry will cause union-teacher tenure granting lawmakers to be identified and fail in re-election.

The problem is further accented by some of the teacher union contracts that school boards and administrators are expected to approve.  Union representatives have excessive school building access authority.  Presumably, they do not have time for a daily walk down the hall during school activity or the right to snoop in the administrator’s personal file.  Extreme school access authority for those with a militant secular agenda is bound to be intimidating to teachers who uphold human dignity, the traditional family, and community morality.  Good teachers are highly valued and they deserve our protection.

Who are we to protect—the students and our nation or harmful teachers?

This remark about the foundation for quality education bears repeating, “For the first [now over 340 years] of this country’s history, religion and education were intimate and interdependent.  Religious competition does stir controversy, but religious freedom enriches rather than impoverishes public policy and the education process”  (Edward Scott Gusted, A Religious History of America, Professor of History at University of California, Riverside).

D. Norris

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