School shooting.jpgWhy is what might be the most effective way of dealing with epidemic levels of school gun violence never even considered? In what has become the all too predictable Left-Right polemics on any given issue, an otherwise obvious third way solution to this school shooting insanity is never even addressed. Just ask yourself a simple question: How much school gun violence is being perpetrated by students who have failed to be engaged in the education process, while having been allowed to nonetheless past through grade after grade of school with social promotion irrespective of whether they have actually mastered even the most rudimentary academic and social skills taught in the prior grade-levels.

How much value does one give to their own life or the lives of others with a 500 word working vocabulary with which to value their lives and the lives of other? If a student- like far too many in middle and high school- has 3rd grade English and Math skills, hasn't the very educational process become humiliating for a now young adult? Instead of being at a point where they should be at this age- where their life has infinite possibilities- rather they are profoundly depressed by their lack of options or the academic abilities to develop and achieve them.

Just look at the academic level of the vast majority of past school shooters. Could their actions have been predicted and avoided by early intervention and appropriate education at their subjective levels, which might just have offered them a more positive alternative to going out and shooting their fellow students to get attention and redress their grievances against society and a system of public education that threw them overboard a long time ago?

So what is left for these students to express themselves in a world that will cut away from the regular daily news to cover a car chase by police or a school shooting? Does this 1st Amendment supposed freedom of the press quantifiably increase these violent incidents? This is not 1st Amendment freedom of the press, but rather pornography that is "patently offensive,..appeals to prurient interest...and has no redeeming social value," but which is allowed to dominate the "news" anyway, because it get ratings. But not reporting it is not the answer either. But dealing with its underlying failure to educate and engage causes just might.

While I do question an interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that equates our right to bear arms- which was defined over two hundred years ago when we only had flintlock rifles- with a right to now be able to buy automatic weapons like the AR15, I nonetheless think that Florida Senator Marco Rubio has a point, when he argues that now making such weapons illegal is like closing the barn door after the cow has already escaped.

If you take a page from the violence caused by the neverending drug wars, it is clear in a country with 5% of the world's population and 38% of the world's guns that all making these weapons illegal would do is raise their cost on a future black market. And let's not even talk about the non-gun technology that now allows an individual to fabricate their own extremely lethal weapons from supposed non-gun parts, which are for sale on the internet.

The Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) continues and irrational insists that all their students are going to college, when the total capacity of all colleges and universities in this country is only 30% of high school graduates. This is a form of self-inflicted organizational insanity. When LAUSD has a 52% chronic truancy rate, socially promoted students far below grade-level, who are continuing to be humiliated by being asked to do work that they could not possibly do, one can only be surprised that more school gun violence hasn't already occurred. I guess we have been "lucky" enough so far to have these purposefully failed students considerate enough to take their gun violence off campus... and into the community

How much less emotionally and financially expensive would it be to proactively seek out and engage these students at their subjective levels with academic remediation and vocational and industrial arts programs that might positively engage and turn these students in a positive society beneficial direction, before another Florida shooting takes place?


03 2018

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Schools also need qualified school psychologists and counselors on staff at all times to offer mental health services.
In this day and age, psychologists and counselors float among several schools so there are not daily guaranteed mental health services available to students and teachers needing helpful interventions.
Public School education is sorely lacking in the realm of special needs.
Your articles are so helpful and offer important commentary and insight into ways to improve our public schools.
The school system needs your input.
Thank You!

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