Surely American Teachers Just Want to Teach

I was watching the Sunday morning newspaper review on BBC news earlier when someone mentioned a detail which I couldn’t help finding very, very disturbing. They were talking about gun laws in America and school shootings. We were told that one of the first things teachers in the States are taught as part of their training is how to save kids from classroom shootings: they are trained in telling kids to hide under their desks and take cover. Sorry, but I find that utterly, utterly fucked up. Most of my old university friends are now teachers: they want to teach, not experience moments of terrifying violence, or to protect kids from being shot. Imagining any of them going through such a nightmare is abhorrent. If this is true – and I certainly hope it isn’t – then surely it goes to show how warped American society now is.

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