Posts Tagged ‘teachers’

Of School Shootings and Economics

Posted by Troy on 27th February 2018 in Current Events, Political

I was discussing various safety measures with a friend who is a principal.  The thought occurred to me: If the cops went into the school, it would be best to launch into door nooks and behind lockers as they made their way into position to take out the shooter.  Well, maybe they should know the layout of the school.  You know what, they should run test runs over the summer so that they are familiar with the game plan and the layout.  And then I had a realization:


Sorry.  They are.  We have over 100,000 public schools in America.  We have over a hundred million weapons.  We have a handful of school shootings and most of those are targeted (ex-husband killing wife who is a teacher, kid shooting his bully, spurned lover, etc) not mass shootings like Parkland.

Let’s assume that we go with one security guard per school (which would be overkill in some schools and pathetic in others).  If we paid that security guard $30,000 a year, that would mean a cost to the taxpayers of $3,000,000 per year.

It’s rare, but let’s assume that every year 50 school kids (way overstated) are killed in these attacks.  Let’s assume that having these security guards shuts down any attempt to attack the kids (way overstated, I’m sure it’d only cut deaths 90% at best, but still).  So that means for a MERE $60,000,000 a year, we can save one child.

That’s…well, that’s pathetic.  Bear in mind that if you used $3,000,000 in food programs, medical treatment, water treatment, or a host of other areas, you could have a much greater impact.

Every choice is a cost benefit analysis.  I hate to say it, but Trump is right.  The only cost effective measure you can adopt is to allow teachers with CCWs to carry.  Anything else blows the cost benefit analysis and we are better off just accepting that these rare, tragic events are going to happen from time to time.

Let’s remember how rare these attacks are before we do anything stupid.

Long Live the Constitution!

Waiting for Superman

Posted by Troy on 24th June 2011 in Entertainment, Political

I highly recommend the documentary, Waiting for Superman.  This is a documentary about our public schools.  We have doubled spending on our students since 1970, but scores have remained steady.  The director tries to determine why this is.  There are a lot of reasons why our students are not doing so well, but this is about like saying that there were a lot of reasons for the Civil War.  When you get right down to it, the Civil War was directly caused by slavery.   The problems with our schools are directly caused by the teacher’s unions.  A couple of years ago, one of the Union’s presidents said, “I’ll care about students when the students vote in Union elections.”  That says it all.  The Unions collect dues from their members and pay off politicians (mostly Democrats) to ensure that their members are secure.  They do this by tenure.  After a teacher has worked two years, they cannot be fired.  They could sleep all day in the classroom, and the schools still cannot fire them.  In addition to this, they get the governments of some states to make it mandatory that you join the union.  It basically becomes an incestuous relationship.  But there’s one thing that they did not consider.  We out number them.  We are the ultimate special interest group, but we have to get mad as hell.  The time for taking it easy has passed.  It is time for war.  We have got to get mad as hell and scream “We’re not going to take it anymore!”  This isn’t about kids.  This isn’t about parents.  This isn’t about teachers.  This is about all of us.  This is about our country.  This is about the future of the world.  America is the only benevolent superpower the world has known.  If we ever fall, I fear for the fate of the world.  Write your representatives.  Watch this movie.  Educate yourselves.  Share this movie with every single person you know.  Stand for what’s right or be prepared to live on your knees.