Soldiers of Education

In some ways, teachers have it pretty good. Public school teachers get healthcare and the right to collective bargaining for their wage as well as the benefits to keep them health for the classroom. On the other hand, each city surrounds a school district with expectations and many of them are downright impossible to deliver. This can create stress and a disconnect that isn’t healthy for anyone.

Let’s experiment. Students and teacher via Money Business Images/Shutterstock

Currently the President is saying a viable fix to school shootings is for teachers to have guns. I wonder if he really thought that one through? Every year teachers are breaking up fights on campus above and beyond their jobb description and getting punched in the process. If they accidentally touch a student in the process they can be prosecuted for battery of worse. IN fact, there are many situations where a teacher can suspended without pay and dismissed all while simply trying to maintain order and safety in the classroom. Enough about those inevitable mistakes and lawsuits, now add in a loaded gun at their discretion.

Having been a teacher for 19 years I can tell you that most civilians expect us to handle tantrums and misbehavior as part of our job. This push and pull is intense and it often results in teachers being blamed when an ill-behaved student cannot abide in a traditional classroom. As teachers we are trying all the time to increase our social problem solving skills in our classroom. Sometimes it seems that nothing will work. We can’t give up though, it is simply not an option. Giving us a gun is just another impossible riddle they are asking of us: to use, to not to use, that is the nagging question they leave with us.

Author: Damien Riley

Having been a public school teacher since 1997, I've gained valuable classroom experience. Sometimes a great tool is a dynamite lesson plan. These posts are from a real teaching journey. I hope they inspire you. Thanks for reading!

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