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The pandemic has challenged our education system nationwide, yet it has also opened new doors for innovation, flexibility and customization for every learner. We must continue that transformative work on behalf of all students as we confront ongoing challenges through the spirit of opportunity.” –

Gov. Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of Excelined

Pandemic and proselytizing have brought about changes that are causing consternation in the Education Blob — that great, immovable mass known as public education that was foisted on the public a century ago by marxists.

The government school monopoly has in recent years dropped any pretense of educating children and now is openly indoctrinating them in the ways of liberalism, emboldened by the support of a federal government dominated by socialists.

But changes brought about by the pandemic are leading to new ways of educating children, in addition to school choice.

One idea is homeschooling, with a twist.

Rather than individual parents trying to work and educate their own child, several will join together to hire a private tutor for their children – sometimes a teacher who might be fed up with working within the Blob.

Parents in such an arrangement can control the curriculum directly and also do not have to worry about their child being robbed, accosted or bullied at school, or about trying to elect conservative school board members.

In Jacksonville, there is one conservative on a seven-member board.

Another welcome change: proposals to put cameras in classrooms so parents can monitor what their children are being taught, and how.

This has precedent.

Liberals successfully managed to get police officers around the country fitted with cameras. Their hope was that it would show rampant “police brutality” and aid in their effort to diminish law and order.

Instead, it has shown “criminal brutality.” In all but a handful of cases, the cameras show police officers doing their duty in a professional manner and criminals resisting arrest with violence.

Cameras in the classroom could have a similar effect.

Parents know that government school teachers are overwhelmingly liberal – especially those who belong to teacher unions. Liberal parents are at ease with this, but most Americans think teachers should teach facts, not partisan opinions.

Eye on Jacksonville has reported instances of teachers trying to “teach” children liberalism.

Cameras might reveal liberal teachers feeding children with such marxist doctrine as Critical Race Theory. A majority of states have prohibited teaching CRT, which promotes hatred and is highly divisive, but some teachers have vowed to ignore such laws.

The Washington Examiner recently reported on the trend and noted that it also could help in cutting down on cheating and other bad behavior.

Critics, however, contend that surveillance systems undermine teachers and could lead to lawsuits by conservative organizations that don’t want children being exposed to liberal ideology. The latter is a possibility but is more of an argument in favor than against.

Five months after enrolling her autistic daughter in a North Carolina public school, a woman said she received a call from her child’s principal, who told her a teacher had been suspended after allegedly putting a weighted blanket over her child’s face in an effort to get her to go to sleep.

The nonverbal 4-year-old daughter might not have been able to inform anyone about what had happened.

The child’s mother said “something’s wrong with the system. We need cameras. … Anywhere that a child does not have a voice should have a camera.”

Some states such as Texas, West Virginia, and Georgia have passed laws either permitting or requiring cameras in specific classrooms, according to the Examiner.

Teachers who are doing their jobs properly have nothing to fear from being monitored, as liberals said about cops wearing cameras.

As Eye’s founder, Billie Tucker Volpe, said, “Our parents should be able to watch what is going on in their child’s classroom. Even dog owners understand how important it is to have cameras in a doggie day care. If dogs are that important, our children deserve no less.”

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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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