December 18, 2012


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.

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  • Reply Karen December 18, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Each week at our Episcopal service, we collectively ready from the prayer book what is called “The Prayers of the People.” It covers plenty of ground. One of the things the deacon reads each week is
    “We pray for those who put themselves in harms way for our sake.”
    Naturally, we all normally think of police, firemen and the military. This week, had their been a collect thought bubble over the congregation’s heads would have read “including our teachers, though it should not be so.” It was a powerful moment for me to have us all recognize that, even if it was spiritually and silently.

  • Reply Melanie December 18, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I can honestly say the same, and my own Mother is the first person a gunman would see at my kids school, but I know every single one of the teachers my son has now and has had in the past would have done everything to save them, and yes we do not take proper care of them in return.

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