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article imageOp-Ed: How to end school violence — close schools

By Robert Weller     Oct 29, 2013 in Lifestyle
Sacramento - What would Gulliver say if he were to stumble upon a gun crazy country with kids being killed in schools? Perhaps he would say close them.
The savings would be enormous. In 2005, the last year for which figures were available, the country spent $11,000 annually on each student just for elementary schools.
Much of that money went to teachers who are paid better and have more benefits, including health care, than the rest of the nation.
Drivers wouldn’t be late for work because they have to stop behind school buses.
Those who need education could be taught at home. The Internet now makes that much easier than in the past. The TV can fill in the rest, as it already does in many cases. Video games could be offered the best students. Why are there no games in which school children are slaughtered?
For the wealthy one percenters, schools built like the Supermax prison could be open. Armed guards would escort kids to school, and keep watch indoors.
There would be a few negatives. Adults wouldn’t be able to relive their lives through their children on football fields and in basketball gyms.
The use of guns, which remains essential, could be taught in backyards shooting birds in trees, or for more formal training at gun ranges.
Parents might have to give up some of those jobs to teach their children, but more face time would be good.
The parents could teach right and wrong, which they believe teachers are failing to do now.
Best of all, God could be in schools. Each teaching session could begin with a prayer.
Mark Twain had mixed feelings about education: Education: that which reveals to the wide, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.
An often heard expression around country is that those who can do, those who can’t teach.
How much do you really need to know to sell hamburgers? As industry becomes more and more automated the education needed can be taught on the job.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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