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If teachers are not going to return to the classrooms, and only want to teach online, the teaching sessions should be public.

Parents certainly should be able to watch their kids learning. And why not let the public watch, too?

Education is being changed by the Red Chinese virus. Some people don’t want their children to attend school even though the chance of dying from the virus is small. Some teachers don’t want to teach in classrooms filled with children.

For those reasons, various options already available are becoming more popular.

These include homeschooling and online teaching.

In the case of online classes, parents want to monitor their children and should be able to.

Too many examples have been shown of teachers in government schools imparting “instruction” to children that parents don’t condone. Very disturbing videos have been made public.

Parents expect education, not indoctrination.

In many day care centers, parents are able to go online and see their children on webcams. Heck, even doggie day cares have videos so owners can watch their pets!

They should have the same opportunity in schools.

We asked the Duval County school administration if this would be allowed and were told that the public could not have access.

When the child is in the home, parents can look over their shoulder, of course. But what if the parent is away at work, or elsewhere, and wants to see what is happening?

They should have access to the classes. Non-parents should also be able to tune in.

Government meetings, at least in Florida, are open to the public online. Schools are no different.

Opponents are likely to cite privacy concerns, but that doesn’t wash.

If the police have to do their work in public view, teachers should do so as well.

Privacy also works both ways. In one instance, a teacher saw a BB gun in a child’s room during a Zoom session and reported it to the police!

What happened to the privacy rights of that child and his parents?

If it is “public” education, the public deserves access.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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