Note to Greatly-Appreciated Readers: Grumpy Old Teacher is a reflective blog. GOT doesn’t try to break the news or be the first to opine. Rather, GOT allows himself time to ponder the meaning of what is happening in the education world and then to express his thoughts, sometimes funny, sometimes odd, sometimes with the crowd, sometimes not. Thus, GOT is only now getting around to last week’s news about the Commissioner of Education saying that schools should arm teachers and dismiss their School Resource Officers.
“In 10 years, every single school in the state of Florida will have guardian teachers,” he said. “It’s coming. It’s going to happen. It’s volunteer. It’s the safest, most absolute best outcome practices that you can have.” Thus said the Commish.
Is he for real? GOT supposes this is how our esteemed Commissioner views school security and the need for professional, trained personnel:
What could go wrong? Don’t reply everything–you would be correct, but the man from Lake County, which gave the state the shameful Willis McCall and his many outrages of miscarried justice and outright murder that Lake County residents were too cowed to effectively stop, believes himself to be the law and the law to be whatever he decides.
Let’s take a look at what the Commissioner has in mind:
GOT admits you may find this piece ridiculous, but that’s about all you can say about arming teachers in schools. But in this age of T…. (not gonna say it or the haters will troll me ad infinitum), anything seems to be accepted.
If you needed a visual of how Guardian Teachers … or custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, anyone else working in a school, would be expected to perform, go into the mine with Quick Draw.
And if you think this is a serious solution to school violence, don’t come out. And please, pretty please, pretty please with a cherry on top, take Corcoran with you.