Allow me a chance to show off my feathers for a moment because I am Proud as a Peacock about The Greenville News deciding to publish my most recent Letter to the Editor in the paper this morning. With everything that has been going on in the news over the past month related to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, Florida I felt it prudent that we oh, I don’t know, actually talk with some teachers about whether or not arming teachers in the classroom was a good idea. Because if there is one thing I have found after 5 and a half years of being in the classroom its people who have never been in the classroom or have an education degree always have an opinion on what should be done to fix public education.
Like what on rice, they always want to give that opinion as well. Take it from someone who (admittedly does not profess to know all the answers about every education conundrum we face today) is actually down in the trenches every day: we appreciate your desire and willingness to help, but leave it to the professionals and have a seat. That may seem blunt, but education so far is the only career where everyone feels the need to give their opinion – even if they are quite frankly, unqualified to comment. And as the old saying goes, “opinions are like asses. just because you have one, doesn’t mean you should share it. So, without further ado, you can read my letter in its entirety by clicking here. If you have anything you would like to share, by all means leave a comment. Unless you are going to be a negative nelly- then you can take that mess elsewhere.