After a school here in the UK installed a CCTV sys­tem in a class­room used for the teach­ing of an A-level pol­i­tics class the stu­dents revolted; walk­ing out only to return once they were reas­sured that the mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem was inac­tive and to be used solely as a teach­ing aid.

The stu­dents’ plight was even­tu­ally picked-up by The Guardian where two rather elo­quent stu­dents put forth their views on edu­ca­tion, sur­veil­lance, and the unnec­es­sary com­bi­na­tion of the two.

The truth is that we are what­ever the gen­er­a­tion before us has cre­ated. If you crit­i­cise us, we are your fail­ures; and if you applaud us we are your suc­cesses, and we reflect the imper­fec­tions of soci­ety and of human life. If you want to reform the edu­ca­tion sys­tem, if you want to raise edu­ca­tion stan­dards, then watch­ing chil­dren every hour of every day isn’t the answer. The answer is to encour­age stu­dents to learn by cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment in which they can express their ideas freely and with­out intimidation.

via Schneier