Education and Guns
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This has been churning in my mind for a few weeks now as we've watched the unfolding events both locally and around the country. The state of education and the issue of guns. Any of you who might know me know that I'm not a big fan of guns. However, you also might be surprised to find that I support an individual's right to carry.

The bad mix of schools and guns recently has been grieving me personally. No one ever wants to see kids being cut down by an angry or unstable individual. No matter your position on guns, no one wants to ever see this happen. Right now we once again have a divided society on how to solve this problem. We argue and spew mean spirited words at each other. We call names, and we basically act like undisciplined children. It's really mind boggling to me that anyone thinks it's okay to act this way. And then we turn around and expect our children to act differently? Really?

Our approach to problem solving in the U.S.has been turned upside down over time. What we continue to do in this country is treat a problem with a band aid. We've been doing it for decades. We treat educational issues with band aids, we treat behavioral issues with band aids,we treat abuse issues and bullying issues with band aids. You name it...a good ole band aid will fix it right up. Or not.

In college I was blessed to have a few awesome professors that challenged us to think. Something else our schools have failed to do.... not because of teachers, but because of the ridiculous curriculum requirements and testing outcomes that are piled on our faculty. One of my professors taught on the topic of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary treatment. Have any of you ever heard of this? I'd guess many of you haven't unless you had to study it in school. It's a shame we all don't understand this better because it's very helpful and applicable to just about everything we do in life.

It's a process of deciding how something needs to be treated or resolved. Priority is sometimes applied to it. It is utilized often in dealing with DFCS cases. How severe is the potential for abuse in a home? Does it require primary resolution or can it be given time to see if it self adjusts?

Far too often in our society today we treat things in a tertiary fashion. This basically means we wait until the problem is SO bad or out of control before we intervene and try to change to outcome. And then we do what.... apply the band aid or realize a tragedy has occurred.

Many want to argue that we need to get rid of guns. I personally don't really see an issue with making it extremely difficult to get any type of automatic weapon... provided we also make a strong effort to address the black market of guns in our country. I believe it was in the 80's when we last had a task force to cut back guns being smuggled in or stolen and sold on our streets. Crime went down significantly. Then that program was done away with and since then there has been no monitoring of this problem.

Having lived for many decades now, (I'm a lady so I'm not going to say how many) I've had the opportunity to experience the changes in society over a good while. I pray for our youth today because they don't know what they don't know. And they think they do. I don't say that to be disrespectful... I say it because it is truth and too many young adults do not respect those who have gone before them. And they don't know history because it's been made a side note in education instead of being a foundation for learning.

I don't believe guns are the root piece of the problem. I believe firmly that treating the serious issue we have in our country today by only looking at guns is a tertiary view. We've allowed other issues to get so bad that we can't even remember when they began. We see the outcome...or the climax result and we treat it with...a band aid.

The issues we face come from a very deeply hurting society. A damaged society. Power to lead and govern has been taken from the states and from the local leaders over time and micro managed by the federal government. Our education system is garbage. Our kids are not learning to love learning. They aren't given the opportunity to be curious or to think independently. They can't develop their own conclusions and then debate them together with other students. They come from broken families, drug infested families, dysfunctional families, abusive families, or no family at all. They come from families that have decided all teaching comes from the schools but don't dare discipline my child. They witness hate and anger from within their homes and they take it out on others at school.

Parents have set aside their responsibility of parenting. To many are too busy with their own lives to pour into their kids; to do the hard work that IS parenting. Then we send them into a school setting where the expectations are comparison with others, rigid academics, information being taught at ages a child isn't even developmentally able to comprehend the material, and bullying by not only students but sometimes even adults being common.

Now as we see there have been several kids in Bulloch County arrested for making threats. They are turned over to the juvenile judicial system. Again.... this is a tertiary response because I guarantee you we could talk with people who have known these children for years and they would be able to tell you there was a problem. WHY do we NOT have counseling in pace for troubled kids? WHY do we NOT have a program or system in place to identify kids who need support, kids who need guidance or counsel, and kids who probably just need to be loved and shown that they have value? Every one of these students who has been arrested this year, need to be in mandatory counseling. They probably don't need to be in jail. They probably don't need to have the rest of their lives destroyed because they made a stupid juvenile mistake. And yes, it's good that kids are reporting these things, and that we're taking it seriously. Kids need to be sent a strong message that this behavior won't be tolerated. However, the way in which we choose to turn this opportunity into a teaching moment (Yes with consequences but let them be fitting to what is needed)or destroy a young person's future defines who we are as a society.

Everything is failing us right now. WE are failing us right now. We need to dig down deep and find the root of each issue and begin to pull up the problem at the root...not at the bloom. When e begin to apply primary treatment (preventative) to any given situation, we will begin to redirect young lives. I know a young individual who is presently going through the judicial process and could have his whole life impacted because he made a mistake. Come one Bulloch.... we're SOOO much better than this.

So do we need to post officers at every school in the district? Probably not. If we were to place one at each high school, that might be a wise decision right now. And if we took it one step further and implemented that officer into a training at that school on law enforcement or on drug or gun intervention, (there are many issues they could teach on) we might also see an additional benefit come to our students.

There is so much we can all do for our youth if we're willing to set ourselves aside a bit and really invest in them. Cut back the video games and go out and DO something fun with your kids...or someone elses. Turn off the TV and play a board game or have a good discussion. I feel like I'd have to write an extensive blog to really address each issue I've touched on. I hope I'm conveying my though well. I believe we are capable of much better. Of caring for others better. Of knowing who needs help and getting it to them earlier on.

Do we want to make a difference? Then let's rethink this. Encouraging kids to march.... not gonna do much. Please let's not repeat the 60's. Investing in kids who need love and support.... can't put a price on that. The question is... will we do it.

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Ironside commented on Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 at 22:08 PM

Education and Guns

Great blog, Susan. You are right that many things have changed and our children are in danger because of those many social changes that have been pushed on society be the political Left. President Johnson gave us his Great Society that was nothing more than a Welfare State, that destroyed Black Families and others, gave us abortion on demand, took prayer out of our schools. The Left demanded and end to mental hospitals, created Special Education programs in schools that drugged children from broken homes, created by the Great Society. The Parkland High School shooter is one of these children as has been the case with the other school shooters.

The Left champions drug use, puts down religion and God in schools, has promoted the watering down of the educational process, the elimination of excellence in favor of mediocrity, which creates boredom in the classroom. I could go on for six more paragraphs on how the Left has changed our society over the past 60 years, and none of it for the good of our society, and our children. I am old enough to have lived this nightmare of the Left.

When I began teaching at Southeast Bulloch High School in 1991, the parking lot at school would have over fifty pickup trucks with gun racks holding rifles in the cab and boxes of ammo in the bed of the truck, at the beginning of deer season. That all changed with the Columbine shooting. The Liberal Left’s society that they created in the 60’s,70’s and 80’s changed our children. I had a sign on the wall behind my desk at school, it said “It is not the children. It is all the adults in their lives that are failing them”. I had great kids that loved the JROTC Program, because we challenged them to be the best, to strive for excellence in everything they did in life. Those kids earned the highest national award the U.S. Army gives for Excellence to a JROTC Program, and they earned it 20 years in a row.

Susan, the good news is that the Left’s view of what society should be is no longer going unchallenged. It is being exposed for the massive failure that it has become. We are now witnessing the backlash to their views and is why things seem so out of control. The Left has lost, but they don’t want to admit it. That is why they are so angry.

We are on the road to recovery, but will need to help many children scared by Liberalism. That will be the great challenge going forward.

Bryant commented on Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 at 12:23 PM

Susan, I think kids should be encouraged to march and keep marching. As you point out, adults have done squat to address the issue and one day the kids will have, if they don't already, the vote.

And those kids marching in the 60's did a pretty good job of facilitating the end of the Vietnam war. God bless the kids - all of them!

Ironside commented on Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 at 16:03 PM

Young 60’s Marchers

Bryant: Are you talking about Bill Ayers the leader of the Weather Underground and his gang, Bernardine Dohrn, Mike Klonsky, Karen Ashley, John Jacobs, Jeff Jones, Gerry Long, Howie Machtinger, Jim Mellen, Terry Robbins, Mark Rudd, Steve Tappis who set off bombs that killed a New York policeman and injured several others, declared war on the United States and organized a clandestine revolutionary party to overthrow the government. Are those the young 60’s marchers you refer to, because they were in the streets marching?

Perhaps it’s the young Black Panthers, Huey Newton, Elaine Brown, Bobby Seale, John Seale, David and June Hilliard, Robert Bay, Eldridge Cleaver, Bunchy Carter, John Huggins, David Hampton, Mark Clark, Jane Fonda (supporter), Tommie Smith and John Carlos (Black Power Salute at 1968 Olympics), just to name a few. The Black Panthers were involved in numerous murders, shootouts with police, and political assassinations. They were young 60’s marchers. There were dozens and dozens of these Left Wing organizations all dedicated to destroying the country.

Perhaps you were referring to Angela Davis the leader of the American Communist Party, she was a marcher. I could go on with pages of 60’s Left Wing Radical marchers, for they run the Democrat Party today. Back then they were young marchers in our streets, they burned down our cities, and declared war on the county and the Constitution.

They did all of their dirty work under the moral blanket of ending the war in Vietnam that Democrat President LBJ got us into with his lie about the attack on one of our Navy’s ships in the Gulf of Tonkin.

No, we don’t need any more of these Left Wing anti-American marchers!

Bryant commented on Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 11:59 AM

No, Ironside. I'm talking about myself. And guess what? I never blew anything up. I never killed anyone. I never had an interest in destroying my country. I did have an interest in ending an ill-advised, unwinnable involvement in a remote foreign country of no relevance to American national security and a draft replete with exceptions which people such as Trump -and myself - could easily avoid. We were white and had sufficient wherewithal to avoid having to serve.

March on kids! Pay no attention to old white curmudgeons such as Ironside and me. You will be the future.

SusanS commented on Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM

I don't think the kids marching in the 60's had anything to do with the end of Vietnam. Vietnam didn't actually end until the early 70's for starters. And there were many other variables involved in ending that sad war. It certainly wasn't protesting kids. I don't know your age Bryant, but I always ask people who comment on the past if they were there, or old enough to have experienced that period.

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