Sunday, October 22, 2006

Arm teachers?

Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts notes that a Wisconsin state legislator, Frank Lasee, has proposed that we arm teachers in the wake of recent school shootings. This is a perfect example of the kind of proposal that short-circuits thinking in favor of "strong" reaction (outlined in greater detail in my last post). I point it out in the hopes that recognizing others' failures to think well will shine a light on our own.

The good news is that most critics recognize the futility -- and sheer lunacy -- of Lasee's suggestion. The bad news is that the critics have turned their time and attention to Lasee and away from the thoughtfulness required.

1 comment:

Deandra said...

Sure lets arm the teachers and setup a firing squad on the playgrounds. We are supposed to set the example for our children. How can teachers teach children that violence is not the answer when they've got a magnum holstered up on their hip? If this is the direction education is going in there will always be a shortage of qualified teachers.