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I Am a Teacher, Not an Instrument of Violence


#1

I Am a Teacher, Not an Instrument of Violence

Camillo Mac Bica

I am a teacher. My goal is to educate, to open the minds of students to important ideas of past and current thinkers. Among so many other things, I strive to encourage critical thinking, to stimulate awareness, and motivate concern regarding the importance of the social and political justice and fairness.

I am a teacher. I have confidence that what I’ve been entrusted to accomplish in the classroom is important and that my efforts can make a difference, perhaps even contribute in a small way, to making the world a better place in which to live.


#2

Thank you. A brief, but powerful message.


#3

As a former teacher, one thing I quickly learned is that everything I did in the classroom, intended or unintended, was a lesson for students. What lesson, then, would wearing a gun or having access to a gun in the classroom teach students? Will they learn that wearing a gun is normal behavior for adults? Will they learn that a gun is necessary for their safety? Will they learn that a gun is the way to solve the problem of violence?

These, of course, are the lessons that the NRA and the gun industry would love students to learn. I, as a parent, though, would not allow any child of mine to go to a school where teachers carry guns. That is not a lesson I want a child of mine or any other child to learn.


#4

The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is stopping the bad guy from getting a gun. Period.


#5

Right you are! “Armed teacher” is near to oxymoronic.


#6

Mr. Bica, let me just say this: Wow. What a truly powerful, beautiful-and humane statement.


#7

Well said.


#8

Here here!


#9

The only problem is that so many of the bad guys already have them. And not surprisingly, they don’t tend to participate in things like gun buybacks.


#10

Only a very selfish society devours its children…what are we?


#11

Yeah, i am a lifelong teacher; and i teach Peace and non-violence. It is the only Way, forward.
Oh, i left the public system, and only teach now in the private sector.
Reform must happen; but i was swimming upstream.


#12

Beautifully said TioZapata.


#13

Dear teacher , are you actually saying given the choice between saving 17 lives or your moral compass,you would choose your Amish like feelings of peace and non violence? This is not a reality based talk, it is an excerpt chapter from the Divergent series fantasy literature.

I find an idea of arming teachers asinine, but I am ready to expect it from the current president. Hearing such talk from a teacher is childish like idealistic talk most people grow out by adult age. I am not expecting schools to teach violence , but this talk is akin religious “turn your other cheek”. Please keep your “religion” out of the school.


#14

the very fact that the US government is advocating armed teachers in our schools is a fine example of the fact that the US is a banana republic


#15

Aire –

True immaturity is a belief in violence, especially if one has any knowledge whatsoever of history.

The right wing can only rise on violence – that’s always been true – it’s still true today.

Evidently, you’re delusion enough to be confident that only 17 lives would still be lost and not many more if we have more guns in our schools.

Here’s an idea – let’s make sure that the NRA can no longer ban guns at their meetings and Conventions.

Even a better idea, let’s arm our Representatives and Senators at all levels of government with guns and see what happens.

How about an AR15 for Trump, personally, so he can deal with his daily woes with media?


#16

Mary –

IMO, even such a suggestion by the a US president should require impeachment
based on insanity – and/or lawsuits based on his endangering the lives of teachers
and children and the failure to protect the public peace.


#17

Perhaps you misunderstood me. I am for gun control and against arming teachers, read more carefully what I wrote. But this teacher’s opinion is a bit naive and out of touch for me.

“I will sacrifice my life, if need be, as other teachers have done, on behalf of my students, but I will not kill.

He does not want to have a gun, fine but he is implying killing in self defense is not an option as it would somehow show defeat. Really? Do not have locks then as it shows a moral defeat against thieves.


#18

While killing in self-defense is, ceteris paribus, morally justifiable, the problem with your reply in the context of a gun debate is mostly rhetorical: it subtly plays into the hands of your opponents, giving them a putative reason to reject nonviolence generally. Killing in a purely self-defensive way is a very marginal case, unrelated to the majority of violent, deadly acts visited upon us daily by those who have no interest in peace or justice. It reminds me of references to “necessary” levels of competition or market orientation whenever someone raises the specter of a socialistic alternative to rapacious, life-denying, ecologically devastaing capitalism.


#19

Gracias amigo; we can find places where we can be of good help, and then continue with good effort.


#20

y lo mismo para ti amigo.