By MATTHEW BISTRISKY Another tragedy has befallen our nation once again, and my prayers go out to all those in Newtown, Conn....
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It's kind of interesting, the current trend to being negative about teachers responsibilities, and now many want to extend these to training teachers to shoot? Not that the author good reasoning suggests this, but according to all evidence (including by police trainers) the face-to-face confrontation of an armed citizen with armed intruders is not one that is comforting (see TIME, sometime early in February). The point is that even police, who are trained (supposedly) for such conflicts are not always prepared to really handle the situation. Columbine was 'protected' by an armed security person who 'missed' and was a non-factor in the defense. In NYC, recently, police wounded 8 innocent people in a Times Square shoot out with a weirdo/ Part of what educators call the "hidden curriculum" is what is learned about school and life that is not intended to be taught. What does it say of our society that they are, in effect, in a prison. There are already social analysis of thi
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(cont) this problem. What does it say about our "civilization" if students have to pass through metal detectors or have armed police in their schools? The answer is NOT more of such band-aids for our society, but to confront the root causes of violence. That's much more difficult, and much more needed, than making schools into reverse prisons. The trend is already sad, given social problems that require schools, for example, to keep track of marital disputes over 'ownership' of a child.
Oddly, the NRA claque has decided to ignore this post. Too bad. Although, maybe it means they realize a good argument, well felt.
One problem: turning schools into reverse prisons already is part of the 'hidden curriculum' by which children learn what to respect, fear, and how to negotiate their ways through life. A major problem in urban schools is the presence of police, and children of 6 and 7 being handcuffed for--being children. A recent case involved a child of 7 that the handcuffs for misbehaving in class (were attached to HER ankles). Problems that teachers used to deal with as part of the job (the way pilots do with bad weather) are now passed on to police, who are not prepared to understand or support the school mission, which is the education of the whole child. It is a growing problem. Arming schools, with metal detectors and the like sends a message to student: this is a place to fear! This isn't a burden they or their teachers should face. School is already something of a prison. The author's solutions(and of the NRA to arm teachers) will have many poor results. Regulate guns, not schools.
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