The students, including elementary school kids, in Burleson, Texas are getting fight-back training in case of armed classroom invasion. This follows an apparently serious suggestion from a Wisconsin solon that teachers all pack heat. Really, and really, respectively.
Let’s see, is there any way to see this as something other than mass child abuse for the comfort and posturing of adults who can’t count?
We could list the risks to life facing the kids in order of severity times likelihood, toward which the training time could be used; would “classroom invasion murder” even make it on the first page of the list? What, one wonders, is the additional life expectancy payoff if this time were spent in drivers’ ed, or raw chicken handling, or anything near the top of that list instead of the bottom?
We could array the idea with others on a scale from “continue as at present” to “require students to carry nightsticks at all times (or guns, for pete’s sake; I guess the little tykes could handle a .25 OK, the highschoolers could get a .357 in each backpack, and the football linemen should at least have a .44), and then see where we really want to end up along that line.
We could compare the lifetime benefits of all types from spending the training time and cost on math, or art, or physical education… or defense against a school invader, an event way below being struck by lightning in probability, and possibly come to our senses.