As I watch and read the various news reports of students walking out in protest over gun violence, I am constantly struck by how much better they are behaving than adults. Students are exercising their right to protest in a peaceful manner and they are being verbally attacked by adults. A Republican candidate in Maine stated about a student speaking out, “There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat.”
Why? Why is this necessary? Especially from a person attempting to become an elected official. As adults, not just teachers, it is our job to help educate students. Instead of attacking them, why are we not listening to them? No one says we have to agree, but that does not mean their ideas are invalid.
I understand the different safety issues associated with students walking off campus, but is this not an opportunity to educate? Is this not a “teachable moment”? Instead of administrators or teachers preventing their students from protesting, why not help them? Why not add safety parameters to the protest? There are a number of images of students walking to campus football field or standing around the campus flagpole. (http://fortune.com/2018/03/14/student-walkout-march-14-gun-control-parkland/) Administrators and teachers should be proactive with students because everyone benefits from increased awareness.
I love what is going on and how students are showing their political might. I just hope politicians are listening, because a group of would-be voters are expressing their concerns…