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 pass down the broken and outmoded ones to middle and elementary schools?

“Will teachers with the highest target shooting scores be given the “plum” teaching assignments, AP classes, and cushiest schools?

“Will teachers need to purchase their own ammunition, bought on sale at Target or WalMart and shelved with the “Back to School” items, like notebooks and backpacks?

“Will music and art teachers not get their own weapons, because their subjects aren’t “required”?

“Will teachers in charter schools be held to the same expectations as teachers in traditional public schools?

“Will parents who home school their children be required to purchase guns and go through state-mandated training?”

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