Obama’s former education secretary calls for parents to keep kids home until schools are safer. Overreaction?

By |2018-05-21T12:02:20-08:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |13 Comments


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. 

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 3:38 am

    We have lots of ways we could bring this country to its knees. But we don’t. Stat home rom work to watch our kids. Can they fire all of us? Don’t pay taxes on time. Boycott.
    Sadly there are not enough people dissatisifed. We have been so dumbed down as a nation.

  2. anonymous May 21, 2018 at 7:05 am

    OT: Overreaction?
    “Meghan Markle’s nephew brought a knife to a London club after Donald Trump said the city was like a “war zone” ahead of his aunt’s royal wedding.

    The Sun reported that Markle’s nephew, 25-year-old Oregonian cannabis farmer Tyler Dooley, willingly forfeited the four-inch blade to the bouncer at Bacchus, a bar in the city’s Kingston neighborhood — but fled when he was alerted that police had been called.

    “I just brought it because Donald Trump said London was like a war zone,” Dooley told a Bacchus patron. “I had it for protection.”

    Earlier this month, Trump told a crowd at the National Rifle Association convention that he’d heard a London hospital was like a “war zone” in spite of the United Kingdom’s tough gun laws because there are so many stabbings in the city.

    Dooley was in London with his mother and brother in spite of not being invited to the royal wedding.”<rawStory

  3. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 7:31 am

    NOW>” it is crucial to point out that the United States has 130,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools attended by 52 million students and 5 million teachers and staff.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projections indicate during the past 12 months Americans suffered approximately 15,500 gun homicides (along with 31,000 gun injuries). Of these, Everytown for Gun Safety reports (and including Friday’s shooting in Texas), 38 gun deaths and 71 injuries occurred in or around a school.

    Per person-hour spent at school (based on 93 percent attendance and an eight-hour school day, 180 days per year), students and adults in America’s schools are only slightly more likely to be gun homicide victims than the general population in Denmark.

    For all gun killings (including homicides, suicides, and accidents), American schools are safer than most of western Europe.

    School time occupies around one-sixth of school-age children’s total hours, but schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school. In fact, the most likely place for a child to be shot and killed is at home, with the shooter most likely to be an adult in the household.”
    “Far from keeping their kids home out of fear of gun violence, Americans should feel safer when kids are in school.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/shooting-statistics-clear-not-schools-dangerous-students/

    • anon May 22, 2018 at 5:16 am

      Sometimes statistics are plainly useless. As in this case.

  4. Libby dog May 21, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Please take a look at how new blog displays on iPad. It isn’t pretty

  5. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 9:35 am

    6 GOP talking points that show why the gun control debate isn’t changing anytime soon

    If you want to understand why the idea of any sort of major — or, really, minor — change in gun laws in the wake of yet another school shooting is a pipe dream, all you needed to do is listen to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

    In a series of media appearances on Sunday, Patrick, a Republican, spoke extensively about what caused the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas — and how he thinks future shootings like it can be prevented.

    Here are the six reasons he cited:

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/21/politics/dan-patrick-guns-shooting-santa-fe/index.html

  6. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Father of Parkland Shooting Victim Urges People to Make The Midterm About Guns

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/21/father-of-parkland-shooting-victim-midterm-guns.html

  7. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Texas governor scraps shotgun giveaway after school shooting

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has scrapped plans to give away a “Texas-made shotgun“ after a gunman used a shotgun in a Friday rampage that left 10 dead in a high school near Houston.

    A spokesman for Abbott, a Republican, said Monday the campaign contest is still active, but the winner will now receive a $250 gift card.

    The webpage for the contest has been changed from one featuring the governor holding a shotgun to one without any pictures, now advertising the gift card. The change was made over the weekend, the Abbott spokesman said.

    Abbott’s reelection campaign launched the shotgun giveaway contest on May 1, prior to the high school murders in Santa Fe, Texas. The contest quickly caught the eyes of Texas gun control activists, who pressed Abbott over the weekend.

    “I find this giveaway deeply disturbing for a number of reasons, chiefly among them the fact that Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe HS was carried out with a shotgun,” Jack Kappelman, a student organizer of Austin’s March For Our Lives affiliate, wrote in an email to POLITICO. Kappelman is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, a high school in Austin.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/21/greg-abbott-scraps-shotgun-giveaway-601077

  8. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 10:21 am
    • Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Conservatives go batsh*t threatening to cancel Netflix over deal with Obamas…‘Netflix works with terrorists’

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/netflix-works-terrorists-conservatives-go-batsht-threatening-cancel-netflix-deal-obamas/

      With the Barack and Michelle Obama news, conservatives are saying they will boycott Netflix

      Conservatives also boycotted The Force Awakens and Hamilton

      You know how that turned out

      So congrats Netflix!!

      ‘“We hope to cultivate & curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy & understanding between peoples, & help them share their stories with the entire world.”

      https://twitter.com/search?q=%22barack+and+michelle+obama%22

      ‘Barack and Michelle Obama have inked a multi-year contract with Netflix to have a sh*t-load of fun and become even more popular than they already are while @realDonaldTrump is being impeached and his family and cohorts put in jail. There is a God.’

      ‘Barack and Michelle Obama having their own show on Netflix is sure to enrage Trump and delight America. Can’t wait to watch it.’

  9. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    So wrong. Glad she’s speaking out.

    A Police Officer at My Public High School Told Me I’m Going to Hell Because I’m Gay

    …I knew coming out wasn’t going to be easy. But I didn’t expect it to be this hard. After being subjected to slurs and teasing, I became anxious and paranoid. I started to wonder: What if something is really wrong with me? What if who I am really isn’t ok?

    Things escalated slowly. Looks and stares eventually turned into laughs and slurs. People would turn their backs to me and fake-cough while saying “faggot.” If I happened to sit next to a girl, they’d make a big show of moving away.

    One of the first major incidents happened just a couple months after the start of my sophomore year. My girlfriend and I were walking to her car. The principal’s son was in his car and accelerated very close to us, yelling “faggot” out the window as he drove away.

    I was so scared in the immediate aftermath. But then I just kind of normalized it. That’s just what happens at school, I reasoned to myself, especially if the bully is the principal’s son and on the football team.

    …In my junior year, I was physically assaulted for being gay again. This time it resulted in x-rays, and the school police officer telling me I’m going to hell.

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/lgbt-youth/police-officer-my-public-high-school-told-me-im-going-hell-because-im

  10. Anonymous May 21, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/obamas-ink-producing-deal-netflix-1113672

    “Obamas Ink Producing Deal With Netflix”

    “Barack and Michelle Obama will work both in front of and behind the camera in a multi-year production deal with Netflix.”

    http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/21/media/barack-michelle-obama-netflix-deal/index.html

  11. Whatevs May 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Problem is that’s exactly what the RS and DeVos types want. No public education. And BTW to make an impact it has to be on count funding day, sometime in Sept?

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