To the editor:
I am a retired school teacher, counselor and principal. Therefore, it was with keen interest that I read a news release from the Indiana State Police detailing a training session for school administrators that demonstrates what it is like to deal with a school shooting.
Here is my response and some thoughts on the current state of affairs: Can the general public begin to fathom what it takes for administrators, teachers and all school personnel to deal with the pressures, complexities, expectations and challenges society foists upon institutions of learning?
How can educators focus on their primary purpose of teaching/learning when they are overwhelmed by public expectations that the schools correct the ills of society that make the role of schools so difficult, if not impossible?
Is it the role of schools to shape society or are schools a reflection of the society in which they function? Public schools have no choice in the procurement of the “raw materials” they are to use in the production of the “quality product” society expects from the education process.
Don’t forget about bomb threats, either. I remember a local seminar on how to deal with that situation, too.