September 5, 2018

Teaching In the Age of Mass Shootings

Read the entire article by Beatrix Lockwood on Marie Claire.

One central message of post-Parkland activism: Gun violence has changed what it means to be a student in America. Teachers say that everything has changed for them, too.

In a survey conducted by Educators for Excellence, a teacher-led advocacy group, gun violence ranked as teachers’ number one school safety concern. Arming teachers is among the recommendations offered by the Department of Education in an upcoming report, but it would be unpopular: The survey found that 65 percent of teachers are against carrying firearms to protect students from active shooters.

As educators settle into the 2018–19 school year, we asked nine teachers and administrators how they wrestle with one persistent truth about American gun violence: It can happen anywhere.

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