Friday, March 30, 2018

Why It’s A Great Idea To Arm Schoolchildren With Buckets Of Rocks ... Or Is It?

Giving kids a bucket of rocks to use against an intruder sends a couple of messages that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
A school superintendent in northeastern Pennsylvania recently shared one of his district’s strategies for keeping students safe. Speaking to Pennsylvania lawmakers in Harrisburg last week, Superintendent David Helsel explained every classroom in his district “has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full of students armed with rocks, and they will be stoned.”
Reactions to the district’s approach, both locally and nationally, have been mixed. Over the weekend I saw a Second Amendment advocate and a gun control advocate on a television news program debating school safety. As you might imagine, they disagreed on many points. But they seemed to agree that giving students rocks with which to protect themselves against an armed intruder is a dumb idea.
I couldn’t disagree more. I say give our kids rocks, rocks, and more rocks, along with permission to use them if someone comes into their classroom shooting.
The point of this article is not to go into all the problems with how we do education in this country. But for the record, we do it all wrong. We put our kids in huge, locked compounds with lots of little, boxy rooms, and enslave them to a bell that has no concern for what they happen to be doing when it’s time to switch rooms. We take away all their responsibility for their behavior and learning, and are surprised when they lose interest in the business at hand. We turn schools into something resembling prisons and scratch our heads when our children come out of them ill-prepared for the adult world.
Read the rest from Cheryl Magness HERE at The Federalist and follow link below to a related opinion:

As a Teacher, I’m 100% on Board with the Rock-Throwing Defense Plan

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