Friday, October 20, 2006

Why We Need Thicker Textbooks

Candidate seeks textbooks as shields

[Boston Globe] A candidate for state superintendent of schools said Thursday he wants thick used textbooks placed under every student's desk so they can use them for self-defense during school shootings.

"People might think it's kind of weird, crazy," said Republican Bill Crozier of Union City, a teacher and former Air Force security officer. "It is a practical thing; it's something you can do. It might be a way to deflect those bullets until police go there."

Crozier and a group of aides produced a 10-minute video Tuesday in which they shoot math, language and telephone books with a variety of weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9mm pistol. The rifle bullet penetrated two books, including a calculus textbook, but the pistol bullet was stopped by a single book.


Dan W. Butin said...

That is just too funny. I knew they were good for something. The linkage between textbooks and phone book reminds me of an article from the 1960s (can't remember the exact name right now) that poked fun at the drill and kill mentality by discussing the pedagogical benefits of teaching students the phone book.

SR said...

It's always an adventure when politicians start talking about education.