Parents should pull their children out of school – en masse and all over the country – until gun laws are changed and schools are safer. That’s what former Education Secretary Arne Duncan says, echoing the call from an Obama-era colleague. This was Friday when the tragedy of Santa Fe High School in Texas (10 dead) was compounded just hours later by a graduation day shooting in Georgia (1 dead, 1 injured).
I appreciate Duncan’s sense of emergency. But let’s deal with just New Jersey: In this state, we have (2017 figures): 2,516 schools, with 1.3 million school kids in public school (plus about 4,600 in charters). And 2,005 of those schools are elementary schools. Assume most/all those kids need some kind of supervision during the day. Are their parents at work? We’ve got 115,351 full-time classroom teachers, and all those administrators and other staff. The logistics of shaking that many school kids out of their required education, and unmooring all those teachers from their classrooms? Staggering. But maybe right. Blue Jerseyans, what do you think? Is Arne Duncan onto something? (Choose up to 4 answers).