These pencils were withdrawn from US schools after a 10 year old pointed out a little problem… pic.twitter.com/ZaU1LqqT7j
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How can three presidents say the same thing, spanning well over a decade and yet not have the balls do do anything about it? How much leverage must one lobby group have for this to happen?
My sister lives in the US, in Connecticut no less and she is having to have conversations with her school about how they can prevent a massacre from happening.
I look across the pond and I think “What fu*king kind of world even contemplates such conversations with primary schools?”. How is that a school’s responsibility?
They are fighting the wrong problem and promoting the wrong kind of solution. Teachers carrying guns, bulletproof glass etc won’t stop this from happening again. The problem isn’t that schools are ill equipped, it’s that there are crazy fu*kers out there who have been allowed to amass an arsenal of weapons for little money and with little fuss.
Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. And if you allow every bozo to carry a gun, sooner or later one of them is going to kill someone. The only solution is to stop them having such easy access – be that through making weapons or bullets more expensive to doing some basic background checks (i.e. has this person been in prison before / do they have a history of mental illness or short temper?).
The right to bear arms is supposed to be about self defence but the types of weapons that are available to purchase are beyond the means of reasonable self defence – they are military weapons that have no place in a modern, civilised society.
The time for talking is over. The world is watching America.
…rather than as providing material for the mind to work on.
Sir Alec Clegg on Education (in 1974) – still true after 37 years
The challenge is to remain an artist as we grow up.