A Teachable Moment

Former local teacher union pesident Morty Rosenfeld periodically attempts to make sense of the increasingly senseless world of public education.

School is a Safe Place

I suppose it’s to be expected that in the well-intentioned anti-gun rhetoric growing out of the recent school gun violence in Florida there will be some serious exaggeration. Just last evening, Lawrence O’Donnell found himself talking about gun violence having become a working condition of today’s teachers. Now really! Checking my Twitter account after that broadcast, I found AFT President Randi Weingarten thanking O’Donnell for his remarks and referring to our nation’s schools as killing fields. I don’t mean to minimize the Parkland tragedy in the slightest. I do think, however, that serious adults have a responsibility to be more careful with their rhetoric than the traumatized children in that attacked Florida high school. We need to remind parents and students alike that despite the incidence of gun violence in our schools, a child is probably safer in a public school than in any other place, including his home.

By all means, let’s seize the moment to demand action against the scourge of gun violence in our country. In doing so, we need to be careful not to leave our nation’s students with the impression that they are likely to experience an armed attack in their public school. Let’s try to remember that the overwhelming number of kids in our schools do not. Let’s try to keep our wits about us and resist loony proposals to arm our teachers and other similar ideas, ideas growing out of the stupidity that the solution to gun violence is more guns.

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