Mitchell Robinson: The Right Way to Arm Teachers—But Not with Guns

Diane Ravitch's blog

Mitchell Robinson explains why it is wrong to arm teachers, and what we should do instead.

He begins:

“Teachers can’t get their schools to pay for the professional development they need for the jobs they have now. Most teachers I know are paying out of pocket for travel to and from conferences, registration fees, professional membership dues, and graduate courses. Where’s the money going to come from to purchase each teacher a weapon and provide the training needed to become proficient?

“Will we be evaluated on our shooting accuracy on a 4 point rubric, with competitions for earning a rating of “highly effective”?

“Will we need to post a daily shooting objective on the white board: “Teacher will be able to hit an assailant with the first shot fired 80% of the time from a distance of 50 yards.”

“Will high school teachers get the newest models of weapons and…

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