This is brilliant, and tragically necessary.
What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?
My family is all in if we can do this at scale.
Parents, will you please join us? https://t.co/Yo4wsFuJI5
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) May 18, 2018
Courtesy of WaPo:
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws.
His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high school Friday killed 10 people — a mass shooting that came just three months after 17 students and staffers were slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
When Peter Cunningham, a former education department employee, tweeted that it may be time for parents to pull their children out of school until gun laws are changed, Duncan, the education secretary under Obama, responded that his family “is in.”
“This is brilliant and tragically necessary,” Duncan tweeted. “What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe? My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?”
To answer Duncan’s question, “No, probably not.”
And it’s not because there are not thousands, perhaps millions of parents who believe we need to do something drastic at his point. There are.
However keeping children home from school means parents having to stay home from work as well.
It also means finding an alternative form of education for them.
I am sure that the homeschooling industry would be all over this, but it is not feasible for the average American parent.
No, this is not the answer.
However, at least people are starting to think outside the box. And that’s a good start.