Educators: We want a teacher-centric society
Educators and teachers alike want a school system that offers a teacher’s job, not a “school” where students learn by rote, a statement by the Association of School Administrators (ASA) says.
The group is calling for the creation of a teacher supply store that would “give teachers and students the opportunity to buy books, supplies, tools and other educational resources that they need in order to enhance their learning.”
“The idea is to support teachers and provide a safe and welcoming place where all of our students can learn,” the statement says.
“We want a classroom that’s a safe, safe place to be, but also a place where we have a safe space to be where we feel safe to be our student, where we can be safe to speak our minds, where our students are free to do whatever they want and to explore new ideas, and where we are free from judgment and intimidation.”
The statement notes that many teachers, like the mother of one of the three killed by the gunman, are teachers themselves, and that they have been targeted and assaulted.
The Association of American Education Teachers (A.A.E.T.) says that there is a lack of transparency surrounding the selection of teachers.
One of the schools where a shooting took place last week was the same one where the teacher was killed, said A.A., who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her children.
She says that some educators are afraid to speak out because they have received threats, including death threats.
“We don’t want to be the next teacher that gets killed,” she said.
Teachers are worried that if they speak out about the shooter, their children will be subjected to the same treatment.
Many parents of students in the school said they were “horrified” to learn that a gunman had been shot in the head at their school.
“This is what happens in the United States every day,” one mother said.
“The teacher who is teaching his students a book, he is going to be shot, he’s going to die, and there is no way that we are going to have a teacher here.”
“The kids need to know that this school is safe, that there are no armed guards in the building, that this is the kind of school that they want to grow up in,” another parent added.
A.T.E., the nation’s largest teachers union, says it has been in touch with the school district to offer support and to offer additional resources, including the creation and expansion of a school supply store.
Some teachers, including those in the classrooms of the school where the gunman was shot, were concerned about how their students would feel after learning about the shooting.
They also said they have seen some parents and students being “disturbed” by the news of the gunman’s death.
Ana Marie Ocampo, president of the National Educators Association, said that the group will work to ensure that the safety of teachers is the top priority.
However, she added, “It’s not a safe environment for teachers to work.
It’s not the safest environment for students.”
A teacher at a public school in South Carolina told The Associated Press that she was “very upset” by what happened to the shooter and had planned to stay home from work in case it became a school lockdown.