Kiran Graduated From High School Today

She has worked very hard and had excelled at everything she has put her mind to. I don't think the world is ready for her. [caption id="attachment_53217" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] First Day of Pre-school —Sony CYBERSHOT @ (15.8 mm, 0.014 sec at f/4.0, ISO100), © Khürt Williams[/caption] [caption id="attachment_53220" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] First Day of School, 2006…

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Teachers as bodyguards

I’m a teacher. When parents told me I should carry a gun, I felt sick. (Vox)

I applaud those people who responded coolly to the most horrifying situations imaginable and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their students, but at the same time, such superhuman bravery simply cannot be a routine expectation of educators. And yet it feels as though today it’s sneaked into the job description — an awful addendum in invisible ink.

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Don’t get me wrong. I would do everything I possibly could do to protect my students, and I would never put a student in harm’s way to save myself. But I also doubt that I’m the type of person who willfully throws herself into the path of bullets. And along with this realization came a huge wave of guilt.

On the heels of that guilt, however, came another feeling — one more like anger. Why should any teacher be forced to choose between saving students’ lives or coming home alive to their own families?

The rest of the world must be shaking its collective head at us. Photo by Pablo Padilla on Unsplash

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