I am a retired teacher. I retired after teaching in alternative educational program for 20 years. The President’s statement that we need to arm our teachers, much less to provide them a monetary bonus for carrying a gun into the classroom outrages me.
Teachers work to develop positive relationships with students.
How does a gun demonstrate trust?
Teachers already serve as surrogate parents (known by the legal phrase in loco parentis) while our children–students–are present on school grounds.
How does a gun teach students healthy relationships?
Teachers are coaches for our young people struggling to manage the game of life.
How does a gun teach life skills?
Teachers spend hours preparing lesson plans trying to teach basic knowledge in as many ways possible to meet the individual needs of the students.
How does a gun meet a student’s individual needs?
Teachers are paid only a nominal salary to fulfill all the educational, emotional, social, and basic needs for this country’s future.
How does paying a bonus to carry a gun improve the educational system?
The endless list of questions can continue, but there is absolutely no answer that makes any sense that our teachers should be armed. Would this lead to colleges of education requiring certification in marksmanship?
The final suggestion that teachers be given a bonus for carrying a gun just appalls me. We cannot pay our teachers a reasonable salary for all we expect them to do already, why would paying a bonus to carry a gun be appropriate?
Paying bonuses to workers who demonstrate exceptional salesmanship or innovative business skills has long been a practice in the corporate world. Never, never has such a practice been part of the educational paradigm.
Gifted teachers focus on developing relationships with the students.
Gifted teachers focus on finding ways to teach to the individual needs of the students whether educational, emotional, social, or technical.
Gifted teachers operate out of a sense of unconditional love for the individual students who grace their classroom.
Why would anyone think it is beneficial to arm teachers in the classroom when their full focus is on doing whatever it takes to protect those kids in that critical moment that an armed intruder is storming through the school? Stopping to pick up a gun and turn away from the kids may destroy the very lives they are working so hard to prepare for productive adult lives of our country’s future.
Do not insult the integrity of the teaching profession by rewarding them to carry a gun into the classroom. No. No. No! No guns in the classroom. And absolutely no bonus to encourage these professionals to carry a gun.
Reward teachers by respecting the profession and paying them appropriately for being in loco parentis in those classrooms.