As I read about the heroism of teachers who put themselves between a gunman and six-year-olds, I couldn’t help thinking, “My kid’s first-grade teacher would do that.” And the principal who tried to tackle the gunman? No doubt in my mind that anyone who fucked with my kids’ school would have to contend with our principal. I’m pretty sure that most of the faculty at our elementary school would act as heroically as did the faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Can you say the same about your school? Probably a lot of you can.
We ask them to shape our children’s minds. We hand them our children each morning and trust that they will protect them. We know that they would give their lives for our kids. Then we pay them so little that many of them have to work summer jobs or can’t afford life insurance to make sure their own families are looked after.
Perhaps we can rethink the way we compensate the teachers we ask to safeguard our most precious treasures. Perhaps we can make that the legacy of these heroic teachers.