How Can We Avoid These Senseless Shootings?
As educators, we weep for our extended family in Chardon, Ohio: students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, law-enforcement personnel, and so many others. They are all now stricken with heart-wrenching pain and haunted by questions of what possibly could have been done to prevent the tragic deaths of three students who were shot Feb. 27 at Chardon High School. We can't help but put ourselves into the same situation and ask ourselves if it could happen to us. Sadly, the answer is, of course, yes.
That is why our only recourse in such times is to constantly reassess our efforts to reach and teach the children with whom we have been entrusted.
Before my life in education, much of my career was dedicated to preventing the unexpected. As an Air Force officer, I led a front-line fighter squadron during the Cold War, and our work was always dangerous. My daily goal always was to prevent an accident, even as we trained to be combat-ready 24/7. Therefore, I encouraged every flyer in my unit to talk freely about mistakes, close calls, and other fears so that we could all learn from each other and improve our...
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