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Schneider and Karrer on the Absurdity of Arming Teachers by Diane Ravitch

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'What about the cost of arming teachers and about the liability assumed by teachers who are armed. In the Florida program, teachers will be expected to have 132 hours of training, unpaid. Who will pay for the guns? Where will they be kept during school? After school?  Is an armed teacher liable for failing to shoot an armed intruder? Is this a dereliction of duty, or will a teacher be excused  for not having the heart to shoot one of her own students?  What if a student gets possession of that gun? Don’t tell me it cannot happen. Kids want attention – some kid somewhere will bring a fake gun to school and a teacher will have to decide whether or not to shoot the kid. Arming teachers is bad in every way. The solution is to limit gun access, not provide the gun manufacturing business with a new revenue stream : LINE ITEM 4- financial appropriation for weapon allotments – NO WAY!)'


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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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