On the Florida school shooting and “arming” teachers… I just read a post from a teacher who wrote that if we want to “arm” her: arm her with more teacher’s aids so she can give more individual attention to her students; arm her with more school counselors; arm her with less standardized test criteria so she can focus on more creative, and individualized, teaching; arm her with smaller classroom numbers, so, again, she can have more time for individual students… It was as if she’d read our position paper on education. Note: I talked with an educator from the Bath, Ohio school system today. He said a proportionally large number of students at his school come from poor (“…like trailer park”) backgrounds. Because of the poverty, he said, there is sometimes trouble at home. This is compounded by some of these kids being made fun of by the more popular, more well off, students at school. This, he said, can sometimes become a perfect recipe for a kid psychologically exploding. In our cross country research, we learned at Wilmington College’s Peace Center in Ohio that they have weekend Conflict Resolution events, bringing together key kids from different school peer groups to get to know each other, to see each other behind the masks, so to speak. I’m told this is effective.