Arming Teachers, Dismantling Education

“[G]ood teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. In every class I teach, my ability to connect with my students, and to connect them with the subject, depends less on the methods I use than on the degree to which I know and trust my selfhood — and am willing to make it available and vulnerable in the service of learning.”

- Parker J. Palmer

As an educator, I have been feeling all the feels these last few weeks. On one hand, I have been feeling the sadness and anger that most of our nation has felt after the attack at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School; on the other hand, I have been feeling extreme pride in my profession as I watch the young students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas grow into their roles as young activists. These students represent the essence of what our job is as educators: to help young people find and use their voices to transform their worlds. However, amongst all of this is a debate that seems never ending–the question of how to best protect our students in our schools. As most news organizations have pointed out, this debate comes and goes after every major shooting. But for me, this time around feels a little different because of one idea being touted by our highest leader.

President Trump, along with the NRA and all of their many affiliates, want to arm our teachers. They qualify their solution in a similar way to how President Trump does in this tweet: