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    They HAVE to regard parents as partners given how the model operates. Period. They aren't doing that if they are keeping you in the dark about educational planning and meetings.
    Some schools may monitor the educational process in the home by tracking computer usage, for example: logging website visits, turning on the video cam and computer microphone. This creates a different type of partnership, one of unequals: laborers and overseers. In this model, the parents become the laborers, and the government schools are the overseers.

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    Originally Posted by indigo
    Some schools may monitor the educational process in the home by tracking computer usage, for example: logging website visits, turning on the video cam and computer microphone. This creates a different type of partnership, one of unequals: laborers and overseers.

    Indigo, this post has troubled me since you put it online. Is this with or without permission? I would think without permission would open a school up for considerable liability...

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    Originally Posted by ConnectingDots
    Originally Posted by indigo
    Some schools may monitor the educational process in the home by tracking computer usage, for example: logging website visits, turning on the video cam and computer microphone. This creates a different type of partnership, one of unequals: laborers and overseers.
    ... this post has troubled me... Is this with or without permission? I would think without permission would open a school up for considerable liability...
    What a school deems necessary oversight may vary, as may any notifications in parent or student handbooks vis-a-vis terms of use, privacy policies, academic honesty policies, etc. B&Ms which issue or require laptops/i-Pads, online courses, and virtual schools may have policies which parents may look up or ask about.

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    This just better be a joke. While it is technically feasible, the idea the someone in the school can have a video camera going in a child's bedroom would open a district up to so many lawsuits I just do not see it ever being implemented.


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    This happened in a suburb of Philadelphia a few years ago, resulting in a lawsuit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbins_v._Lower_Merion_School_District

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    22B, you can go into the meeting and just listen and take notes. If they spring a surprise on you and ask you to make decisions on the spot on anything, you have a right to refuse to a commitment and ask for time to make your decision since you have no advance warning.


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    Originally Posted by momoftwins
    This happened in a suburb of Philadelphia a few years ago, resulting in a lawsuit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbins_v._Lower_Merion_School_District


    Awful.

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    I have always had an eery feeling that the microphone was ON when DS took online placement tests for placement into any gifted education program (to monitor if he was doing the tests without outside help). I have no proof, though.

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    My DH does have something over his laptop's camera. Fortunately, that's the one DS uses.

    Sorry for hijacking the thread. I'm still appalled, but not surprised, given some of the so-called educators I've met.

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