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    Surveillance Cameras in Schools

    An Ethical Analysis

    Bryan R. Warnick
    In this essay, Bryan R. Warnick responds to the increasing use of surveillance cameras in public schools by examining the ethical questions raised by their use. He explores the extent of a student’s right to privacy in schools, stipulates how video surveillance is similar to and different from commonly accepted in-person surveillance practices, and discusses the possible impact of surveillance technology on educational environments. In response to the ethical concerns he raises, Warnick offers five suggestions for how schools can use video surveillance technology in more ethically sensitive ways.

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    Bryan R. Warnick is an assistant professor of education in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on the philosophy of education, the ethics of educational policy and practice, American educational thought, and educational technology. Warnick’s recent publications include “Ethics and Education Forty Years Later” in Educational Theory (2007); “Philosophical Inquiry,” coauthored with N. C. Burbules, in the Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research, 3rd Edition (2006); and a review of S. Benardete’s Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero in The Journal of Aesthetic Education (2006).

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    Fall 2007 Issue


    Legal Literacy for Teachers
    A Neglected Responsibility
    David Schimmel and Matthew Militello
    “I Was Born Here, but My Home, It’s Not Here”
    Educating for Democratic Citizenship in an Era of Transnational Migration and Global Conflict
    Thea Renda Abu El-Haj
    Surveillance Cameras in Schools
    An Ethical Analysis
    Bryan R. Warnick
    Voices for Peace: Educators Respond to the Virginia Tech Shootings

    Book Notes

    Lenses on Literacy Coaching
    By Cathy Toll

    To Remain an Indian
    By K. Tsianina Lomawaima and Teresa L. McCarty

    By Heather Andrea Williams

    Unfinished Business
    Edited by Pedro A. Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing

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