First, the good news: even in these troubled economic times, there exist American public schools – like those of the Lower Merion district in the suburbs of Philadelphia – prosperous enough to distribute laptop computers to every kid enrolled in the high school.
Now the bad news: school officials could also afford to install webcams on those computers, and remotely activate the cams to spy on students and their families at home.
The rest of this piece
is over at the Guardian’s America blog, where I also mention the ongoing case of Avery Doninger
. They’re both symptoms of the same illness infecting schools today: administrators with spectacularly
inappropriate notions of how far their authority extends over their students’ lives.