Dear Minister of Education,

please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jasper Jung, I am a 39 year old Architect and father of a teenage son. I am writing to you in order to discuss a newspaper article from "The Times" from the 08 11 09, titled "Big Brother is watching...". This article is about CCTV in public schools. I would like to offer my opinion in order to prevent CCTV.

The aspect that CCTV might avoid violence and bullying in schools sounds convincing. The headmister oder the headmistress would be able to see what happens in the classroom and he or she would be able to interfere in critical situations. In the past we had some very sad stories of students who used guns against their teachers and classmates. We all will never forget the tragedies of Columbus and Erfurt, where many people died. Only last year a 17-year-old German killed 16 students, teachers and inhabitants of a small town near Stuttgard. If cameras had been installed in the classrooms of the "Amok"-school many people would have survived for sure.

But not so drasicly, cameras might have a positive influence on rather lazy pupils which might be encouraged to work harder and talk less. This might lead to better results. But there is of course no proove. Maybe some teacher would put more effort in their work as well if they knew they would be watched. In case of trouble or severe interruption of lessons it might be possible to solve the probleme immediatly because of the proof of who was wrong and who wasn't. Week teachers with challenging pupils could understand the CCTV thing as a backup and support of their work.

So, many good reasons, however on the other hand CCTV has many negative sides. A permanent observation takes away any kind of privacy from a human being. Knowing that cameras and microphones tape down every detail of a day at school it would be impossible to develop creativity, a free will, the capability to express one's own opinion etc. Some things said in...