(from here)

Are the folks who think we ought to arm some of the teachers in the public schools akin to “survivalists”. Well, one of my favorite commenters thinks so. He ended a comment on improving school security with these two paragraphs.

Figuring the odds, the costs, and the likelihood of real benefit, wouldn’t the survivalist be better off to spend their time and money preventing the apocalypse rather than preparing for it?

The reason that I bring this up is because the fear that drives the survivalist is similar to the fear that drives this school security debate. However, unlike the individual survivalist, we are talking about actions as a community that need to be rationally governed based upon the threat, the costs and the benefit so that scarce societal resources are spent most effectively to prevent the problem rather than to just react to it. I’m no expert, but the idea of arming and training hundreds of thousands of school teachers sounds irrationally out of whack to the threat, and it seems fraught with unintended consequences. Does it surprise you, however, that those lobbying to sell more guns and the politicians that they have bought and paid for have this as their favorite solution? (from here)

tsalmon‘s comparison of Conservative Second Amendment gun right defenders with survivalists is actually quite interesting. However, Liberal Democrats are not alone in doing this sort of thing. WMAL’s Chris Plante, for example, likes to compare Liberal Democrats to the Eloi. Who are the Eloi? There are a people plucked out of the fantasy of science fiction, specifically a novel by H. G. Wells, The Time Machine.

By the year AD 802,701, humanity has evolved into two separate species: the Eloi and the Morlocks, whereof the Eloi live a banal life of ease on the surface of the earth, while the Morlocks live underground, tending machinery and providing food, clothing, and inventory for the Eloi. The narration suggests that the separation of species may have been the result of a widening split between different social classes. Having solved all problems that required strength, intelligence, or virtue, the Eloi have slowly become dissolute and naive: they are described as smaller than modern humans, with shoulder-length curly hair, pointed chins, large eyes, small ears, small mouths with bright red thin lips, and sub-human intelligence. They do not perform much work, except to feed, play, and mate; and when Weena falls into a river, none of the other Eloi helps her (she is rescued instead by the Time Traveler). Periodically, the Morlocks capture individual Eloi for food; and because this typically happens on moonless nights, the Eloi are terrified of darkness. (from here)

Who are the bad guys in Wells novel? Supposedly, they are the Moorlocks. What is funny about calling these guy the villains is that the Moorlocks do all the work. Without them the Eloi could not survive, but H. G. Wells was, after all, a Socialist. Still, one can understand why the Eloi might dread being harvested for food. Yet like cattle, they do nothing to prevent it.

We can idealize the world. That is what the Eloi did in the world of H. G. Wells’ imagination. We can pretend the Moorlocks don’t exist. We can blissfully enjoy our lives until something bad happens, or we can figure out what needs to be done and do what we can to prevent bad things from happening.

As a matter of fact, some states are already arming teachers. Here are some articles on the subject.

Why do this? Well, here is a good editorial on the subject.

Stopping school shootings by arming teachers (

When Donald Trump called for arming teachers in 2015, he was met with the expected derision from gun control advocates and other progressives. All proposals to arm teachers are met with similar derision by liberals who warn of the dangers of “militarizing” schools. While this chin dribbling continues, school shootings have increased to a point where 150,000 of our nation’s students have now experienced a school shooting or the threat of one.

In the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, the gunman actually used a school emergency action fire drill to lure his victims into the kill zone. It is time not only to permit teachers to be armed, but for the federal government to mandate that school districts take such actions in order to qualify for federal funding.

People opposed to arming teachers such as Kenneth Trump, president of the National School Safety and Security Services, argues that having police and school resource officers is preferable to arming teachers. In fact, the Stoneman school security officer was one of the first fatalities. The reality is that most shooters plan their actions months in advance and figure out how to avoid or neutralize school security. (continued here)

Does the survivalist model seem too extreme? Would the senseless apathy of the Eloi model be even more intolerable? Well, I don’t recommend copying either model too rigidly, but arming those school teachers who are willing and able seems to be a practical option for protecting children in school.

What do we do about something more apocalyptic? Well, there are some real apocalyptic possibilities out there, and prevention does sound like a great idea. If only we could convince the Eloi that Global Warming is not real and Moorlocks are real…..

Apocalypse, 1903 (from here)

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  1. My thoughts on expertise. The average person may have many wonderful opinions on how best to destroy enemy submarines in time of war, but I would want the advice of someone with more tactical and strategic expertise on the subject than the average person here.. We all, of course, have a right to any uninformed opinion we care to imagine. We all have our own anecdotes and the generalizations of uninformed pundits to parrot. We think so highly of ourselves these days that we have no problem (especially in the anonymity of the internet) pontificating on virtually everything. Well, we get what we pay for here, don’t we?😏

    Politicians are different. We elect them based upon what we believe about their broad political ideals, their integrity and their leadership skills, not because they are necessarily experts on everything. We do, however, expect politicians to confer with a broad range of experts, and make sound policy decisions based on that advice, and based upon their oath to serve the public with integrity and honesty.

    If you think Trump is advertising the NRA position that will promote the sale of hundreds of thousands of more guns to teachers to use in schools because he has conferred with experts or because this policy is based upon honesty and integrity, well, I’ve got some bayou land that I would love to sell you down here in Mississippi.😉


    1. “Politicians are different. We elect them based upon what we believe about their broad political ideals, their integrity and their leadership skills, not because they are necessarily experts on everything. We do, however, expect politicians to confer with a broad range of experts, and make sound policy decisions based on that advice, and based upon their oath to serve the public with integrity and honesty.”

      That’s the ideal on the glossy pamphlet, agreed. That is what SHOULD BE.

      In practical reality the population expects the leader to have immediate answers…and if the leader takes time to confer all the “divisive forces” will gather around and claim hesitation (for careful consideration) is proof of incompetency. This is a problem.

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      1. @anon

        Perhaps Trump is making a snap judgement rather than appear indecisive. How handy then that it is the impulsive decision that just happens to sell more guns rather than less. Really, this is great land for you to buy, a little moist most of the time, but only the best land! 😁


        1. You believe he based this decision on conferring with the major gun manufacturers within hours after the tragedy? Or did he confer with them in advance in their Dr Evil tower to make use of any school shooting in the future? Perhaps Cruz is actually on the payroll.

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  2. As a matter of fact, some states are already arming teachers. Here are some articles on the subject.

    In Germany we’ve had our share of school shootings. As a result, policemen get extra training on how to act in scenarios like these, so they do not have to wait for a SWAT team to arrive as time is of essence. These policemen have regular gun range training, have protective gear and tactical training for these scenarios. Even under these circumstances engaging an active shooter would still be a high risk mission for these police officers. Remember, the Parkland deputy refused to enter the school and engage the shooter with a semi-automatic AR-15. What chances do you give those teachers with far worse training in the event of an active shooting?


    1. What chances do you give those teachers with far worse training in the event of an active shooting?

      There are two basic scenarios. In both scenarios, it is unlikely that police will arrive on the scene before the killer has killed a bunch of people. We don’t always have policemen in our schools. Costs too much money.
      1. Someone is trying to shoot the teachers and students, and none of them are armed.
      2. Someone is trying to shoot the teachers and students, and some of the teachers have receive instruction, and they are armed.

      Which option would you prefer? If you are already in the school, it is not like you have to choose whether or not to enter the place.


  3. I so appreciated this post Tom and loved the creativity behind the Eloi and Morlock analogy! I

    What bother’s me so much about the Left is their instant dismissal on ideas they disagree with on nearly every issue. Post an inaccurate meme in opposition to Facebook/Twitter and there case closed, no further discussion required. Yet, isn’t discussion the best/only way to move forward with effective solutions?

    I believe in looking in to arming teachers who voluntarily agree to do so. Note, I didn’t say let’s immediately issue all teachers a Glock and hope they figure out how to use it before the next mass shooting. Let’s get an accurate count of how many teachers would be interested in this (I bet many), work up an outline of what type of training and safety protocol needs to be followed and study schools in other countries that are already doing this.

    The only way to accurately answer the question of whether arming teachers is a good idea is to study good data of which right now we have none, other than the fact that areas not designated as “gun free” are not the usual targets for mass shooter.

    In other words let’s do the hard work required to to produce effective policy against more shootings. My suspicion is that the Left’s vociferous condemnation of arming teachers has more to do with the fear that it may actually be effective than anything else.

    Sorry for the long comment. I’m just so frustrated by the enormous amount of ignorance surrounding the gun control debates. It’s no wonder we never get anywhere.

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  4. PS One more thought to my above post.

    The best and most pragmatic book to compare reality in the USA today should not be 1984, or The Time Machine. it should be Winning the Wild West., in my opinion

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  5. I’m not really qualified to address the merits of school security plans, I suspect neither is anyone else here, but of course, we all have to have an opinion. If we weren’t overly proud of our own opinions, we wouldn’t be here, would we? I only suspect that Trump’s plan of arming hundreds of thousands of school teachers is an overreaction, but I could be convinced otherwise by someone who has more expertise in these matters.

    As I said early, as a national spokesperson for my pilot union, after 9/11 I did numerous press interviews promoting the FFDO program which trains and arms a number of volunteer pilots to protect the flight deck. So I had to become an expert of sorts on that program. We will never know how many 9/11 style highjackings the program stopped, but the fact that we have not had one since says something.

    However, although I successfully set up the FFDO program, I have never volunteered to become a FFDO. I have some real issues with how the program works. For example, someone who is way too excited about prospect of packing heat and shooting him some Muslims is probably the last person you want to volunteer. So it’s sort of like Catch 22, if you don’t volunteer for the mission your not crazy, but we need the volunteers. For this reason, the union tried to steer former law enforcement pilots into the program first.

    Although I support the FFDO program in general, my own personal reasons for not volunteering were rational. FFDOs have to train on and be responsible for a deadly weapon all the time that they are on a trip, but the odds of ever actually using that weapon for its intended purpose, as a last line of defense for the flight deck, are astronomically small, and made even smaller by the fact that the program exists. The pilot also takes on all this responsibility and liability for free. That alone goes against my union instincts. If one does the cost/benefit and threat analysis, then, like the survivalist, it probably makes more sense to do something else.

    What is interesting, however, isn’t that you chose to frame this discussion in the same apocalyptic terms that I did, it is Wells scenario that you used. The apocalypse is a given in this situation, and the issue as you present it isn’t the injustice of strong feeding of the weak, but that the weak have only themselves to blame. Doesn’t that seem a little pessimistic and cynical? Despite the strides that mankind has made, isn’t the whole idea that an apocalypse of our own making is inevitable kind of cynical and paralyzing?

    There is a book that recently (“Enlightenment Now”) came out where the author presents convincing data that the world and all the individuals in it are better off now (in terms of poverty, war, individual rights, opportunity and oppression) than it has ever been in history. The author credits rationalism for this progress and sees no reason why, if people continue to act rationally, this progress should not continue indefinitely. I plan to read the book, but just what I have read about it makes me think that there is some truth in the argument that the arc of the world really is mostly and slowly toward jgreater Justice. The problem with this veiw is how do we define progress? And are the same geniuses that gave everyone the progress of a smart phone and social media also unwittingly destroying our sense of community?

    I heard one expert say the other day that the smartest quants on the planet right now are spending all their time trying to make us click on ads. (Before that some of the best minds were developing the those mortgage derivatives that ultimately collapsed the world economy for a while).

    I think our media technology is driving us into polarized camps where our differences are magnified and our similarities are minimized, to the point where my own brother characterizes me, not as wholely human, but as a sheepish Eloi who wants everything provided for him.🙄

    There’s no conspiracy in this polarization, no good guys and no bad guys. I think sometimes we are just victims of our own genius. But I’m still optimistic in the long term.


    1. “I think our media technology is driving us into polarized camps where our differences are magnified and our similarities are minimized, to the point where my own brother characterizes me, not as wholely human, but as a sheepish Eloi who wants everything provided for him”

      Hey at least you’re good lookin’!
      See what he characterized me as?
      LOL :mrgreen:

      I agree about the two camps and media technology. Scatterwisdom mentions winning the wild west. I will add that to my reading list, but I think we’re well into Brave New World.


      1. Social media platforms like Facebook allow us to voluntarily narrow our information flow to only what we want to see and hear. By doing so we are constantly taking a marketing survey for advertisers. How many time have you been thinking about buying something and just the right ad appears in your email or on your feed. These sites have developed brilliant artificial intelligence algorithms that, rather than mass marketing their product, allows them to target their market down to a gnat’s butt. This is one of the reasons why that Russian Troll Farm could use so little resources in order to get so much impact in undermining our democratic institutions.

        I heard one Russian say that this would never work on Russians because they are so familiar with propaganda that they recognize it instantly, but that, yes, it was very effective on Americans.

        Just recently, someone came up with the fake news conspiracy that three of the Florida school shooting survivors were paid actors who go from tragedy to tragedy spreading mock outrage against guns. The lie spread like wildfire on people’s media feeds, especially the people who were most inclined to want to believe the lie.

        This is not the intent of social media platforms like Facebook. It’s just an amazing and terrifying unintended consequence. Judge Posner once wrote that the main purpose of sociologists should be to predict such unintended consequences and help prevent them, but that takes optimism rather than cynicism doesn’t it?And our own genius is unwittingly pushing us toward cynicism.


        1. I agree with the brilliant AI algorithms that target audiences “down to a gnat’s butt”. I just wonder why (and I mentioned this at IB’s as well) the Russians have some ostensible monopoly on it? Surely our own troll networks are just as good at it….or, by the look of the way American pop culture has spread like wildfire around the globe…even better? They’re drinking coca cola, we’re not drinking Chernobylte Pop Drink. And so forth.
          Propaganda is ubiquitous and out of control.
          We had a social media outrage recently about our military installation here. One kind hearted, and certainly well intentioned commander of one of the units agreed to an interview. This was a very big mistake. They dubbed everything out that didn’t fit their agenda, and posted statements made out of context that did support their agenda. It’s crazy, and unethical. Now after the interview which should have been clarifying there is even MORE outrage, due to monumental ignorance.


    2. @tsalmon (or sheepish Eloi)

      Are you qualified to merits of school security plans? Well, you know how to work, and you have worked very hard. Truth be told I think as one of the Moorlocks, a taxpayer. Whatever the solution, you too will help pay for school security. Is President Donald Trump qualified? What makes him more qualified than you or me? We too are paying the bill for these things.

      As I noted in my post, some states are already arming teachers. Frankly, I don’t know why the Federal Government has to have a significant role in school security. So I don’t think Trump needs to be qualified. I don’t want him to do anything.

      There is a book that recently (“Enlightenment Now”) came out where the author presents convincing data that the world and all the individuals in it are better off now (in terms of poverty, war, individual rights, opportunity and oppression) than it has ever been in history.

      There is an old saw that SEC Rule 156 requires mutual funds to tell investors.

      Past performance is not indicative of future results.

      You wonder how do we define progress. I wonder how we define rational.

      The natural environment, sans houses, roads, utilities, shopping malls, and so forth is actually more complex than the environment we have made for ourselves. However, the natural environment maintains itself. Even when a disaster destroys a portion of the life on this planet, the natural environment slowly recovers.

      Is the environment we have made for ourselves as resilent? Not likely.
      1. We have to maintain our houses, roads, utilities, shopping malls, and so forth. Wars, natural disasters, economic turmoil, political and social conflict, and so forth can easily undermine our efforts.
      2. Our high tech devices are of recent origin. We know how to zap them with EMP and so does nature. In addition, we run into unanticipated problems when we use them.
      3. We constantly struggle fiercely over our schools, and it is essential that they work. Yet there signs that don’t work as well as they should.
      4. In the past, we have fought violently for control of political system, and we could easily do so again.
      5. Our health, education, and welfare systems are too costly.
      6. Our neighbors around the world are arming themselves. War is on the horizon.
      7. And so forth.

      In short, we may be better off at the moment, but past performance is not indicative of future results. An apocalypse may or may not be in our future. We may wish to pray for our children.


      1. “Frankly, I don’t know why the Federal Government has to have a significant role in school security.”

        I think school buildings are considered federal facilities. If so, there is a general prohibition of firearms in federal facilities so the federal government has to be involved (at least, to specifically authorize it). I don’t think it has be HIGHLY involved, but involved. Of course, when the federal government is involved there will be push back and hyperbole. Look no further than social media. Somehow saying, “up to 20 percent of teachers could be trained and armed” becomes the equivalent of demanding that all teachers are armed and that they stop bullets with their bodies.
        The mind boggles.

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        1. My spouse spearheaded the legislation to allow concealed carry on military installations, a couple of years back. It started at our old base, and laid the groundwork for other installations. At the time there was no real cohesive policy on what to do in the event of a mass shooting. They had a conference to formulate a plan…and there were something like (if memory serves) 98 independent government security agencies involved. I didn’t even know that many government agencies existed.

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        2. Federal law did make our schools “gun-free” slaughter zones.

          The whole idea that the Federal Government should have any significant role in public education is constitutionally doubtful. Any resources that the Federal Government brings to the task it must take from states and local governments. So what is the point? Consistency? What’s the benefit?

          We have a bunch of people who think we have to do everything the same way. That was actually one of the reasons for nationalizing abortion. Supposedly, it is silly for different states to have different laws on abortion.

          Consistency can have some benefits, but the virtue of murdering the unborn in all fifty states escapes me. When nobody has a perfect solution, experimentation usually makes more sense. When people have strong disagreements, the Federal Government is supposed to defer to state and local governments as much as it can. When the Federal Government does not even have a constitutionally mandated role, it is not supposed to do anything unless that is what is clearly required to protect the life, liberty, or property of our people.

          Since state and local governments can effectively deal with school shootings, the only role the Feds have relates to interstate commerce with respect to firearms. No machine guns? No bump stocks? Okay. Interstate regulation of gun permits? Maybe. Better background checks? The way the Federal Government runs computer systems? It ain’t going to happen.

          How should we do background checks? We would be better off if the states hired private companies to do background checks the same way we do credit checks. Private companies already know how to collect and process such information.
          Should information that is not publicly available be use to deny someone a permit? Not likely, but with respect to private companies doing background checks that is the primary issue.


        3. You’re welcome! Heh, I just asked him and the number is 96.
          96 independent federal law enforcement agencies. Each department has its own law enforcement agency (for example, NASA, et al).

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  6. I believe this ancient proverb is the wisest course of action to take immediately rather than endlessly debating whether or not teachers should be armed.

    The present reality is there are 300 million guns, 20 percent of USA being depressed, and assault rifles being available off of store shelves in minutes to anyone who has a hankering for them. Unless of course the government employees are not comatose when they are contacted by a store and do not work in the same as the FBI does in Florida. .

    A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. (Proverb 22:3)

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

    PS If I was a teacher today, I certainly would want to be armed and might add that Teaching Colleges need to start including sharpshooting as a mandatory course.

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  7. AS a general (completely unrelated public service announcement you will never read anywhere in the media) thought I’d let you and your readership know the office got a call from the OMB (office of management and budget) at the White House. They want to arrange a meeting to find out what they did here to raise readiness so much in such a short timeframe without any increase in funding or increase in manpower.
    So, part of that is gratuitous…”Yeah! My man GO!!” (here is another guy who did similar: )

    But the main reason is to show there are people watching this stuff, and trying to learn from it. We’ve saved the taxpayers a heck of a lot of money, and someone in Washington has taken notice and will implement some ideas. That’s pretty interesting to me…and uplifting, actually. So when you see the headlines about current leadership it’s something to keep in mind. I don’t think this is the way things were done in the past. Not this fast (it’s only been a year and a half, and it took a good six months at least to make the necessary changes).

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  8. Great writeup and interesting topic, Citizen Tom. Looking forward to reading the commentary. 🙂
    I’ve never read The Time Machine, but I kind of like the analogy.

    I think it’s true in general that decisions for stuff like this are best made locally, not at the federal level.
    So (similar to air marshalls) teachers should be allowed to have concealed carry, with training and some caveats. Also similar to air marshalls, no one should know which teachers are carrying (or whether or not any are for that matter). I mentioned elsewhere that military installations are doing this now, and I’m curious to see what the results will be. I’m hopeful that it will decrease the number of deaths from mass shootings at military installations.

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    1. @anon

      I grew up reading a great deal of fantasy and science fiction. H. G. Wells and many other fantasy and science fiction writers have a socialist/atheist bent. So I picked up their notions when I read their works. As a result, I have learned that if we want our children to remain faithful Christians, we must rigorously teach them the doctrine and theology of our faith. Otherwise, they will not be able to do what Peter said we must do.

      1 Peter 3:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

      13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.


      1. That’s a great and very appropriate biblical passage, Tom!

        In the movie train to Paris, the main character (and first person to run to everyone’s aid) recited this prayer in childhood. Entitled the “peace prayer”

        Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
        Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
        Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
        Where there is discord, let me bring union.
        Where there is error, let me bring truth.
        Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
        Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
        Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
        Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
        O Master, let me not seek as much
        to be consoled as to console,
        to be understood as to understand,
        to be loved as to love,
        for it is in giving that one receives,
        it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
        it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
        it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

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  9. This is well said,Tom. I remember the Eloi, too.

    I’m really not sure how I feel about arming teachers. This situation is a bit like interpersonal violence,like domestic violence. The danger is likely to come from within the “family,” from another student. It’s not the stranger in the bushes or the barbarian invader who poses a threat, so our response must be different. Students are already assaulting teachers, so the odds of someone simply disarming a teacher and shooting up a school are pretty high. You wouldn’t even have to bring a gun to school if the guns are already there.

    Myself,a while back I decided public school was so toxic, such a dangerous environment in so many ways, that I couldn’t have my kids there. Drugs mostly, suicide, overdoses, sexual immorality, a lack of authority, corrupt authority,bullying. My list of complaints is long. The issues are complex and far reaching.

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    1. For the most part my lady and I sent our children to private schools. What I found infuriating is that the private schools do a better job and cost less to operate, but we still had to pay taxes to support the less competently run, more expensive public schools.

      When we moved into Gainesville, VA, we were in the outer limits of the DC metropolis. So my lady, who is quite fussy about these matters surprised me. When the time for high school arrived, she opted to send our children to the local public high school, then nicknamed “cow-pie high”.

      My older daughter, now an MD, liked the idea because she wanted to take the advanced placement classes. My younger daughter, however, eventually decided she did not like that high school. She was bothered by the lack of discipline. So after her older sibling graduated we opted to send her to a private school. She was not particularly happy with the Baptists emphasis on discipline, but she found that easier to tolerate.

      It is a funny thing, but most adults have forgotten something from their childhood. We craved guidance. We wanted someone who cared enough about us to keep us out of trouble. The public schools are becoming to big and bureaucratic for that, and they have almost no capacity for providing spiritual guidance, which is essential for our eternal well-being.

      At the time literally thousands of people were moving into the area. To some extent, I think the character of the school was changing.

      Had the charac

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      1. Good point about guidance and discipline, Tom. For kids, that is where their safety lives, that is how they know they are loved.

        I sometimes watch these college kids crying out for their “safe place” and when I stop laughing at how silly it is to see grown people behave in such a manner, I can begin to see how we got to this point.

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