Hug your kids today…and while you’re at it, a teacher.


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This image originally published by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Today I had another post planned.  But anything else that I could have written about seems so trivial now.

I’m sure none of us could have imagined the horror of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT today.  We all send our kids to school, believing it to be a safe place where kids can learn and grow.  Now, so many families’ children and the adults who worked to teach them are dead.  Our thoughts are with those families.  What a terrible day.

Eight children die from gun violence every day in America. We must come together to do more to protect each other and our children.

So hug your kids.  And a teacher.  We talk an awful lot about teacher effectiveness.  But leaving that aside, most teachers teach because they really love kids.  And I don’t personally know a single teacher who wouldn’t have done exactly what those heroes at Sandy Hook Elementary did….try to tackle an armed gunman, shield their students’ bodies with their own, hide their students and sacrifice their own lives instead.  So hug a teacher too, won’t you?

About karen mahon

i am a behavior and learning scientist. i hold an ed.d. in educational psychology and am trained as an instructional designer. i have spent more than 15 years working in education and instructional software design.
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One Response to Hug your kids today…and while you’re at it, a teacher.

  1. fran says:

    I know first hand the innocence of kindergartners and the emotional commitment of good teachers to their students. And who can imagine the loss of those parents? It’s a sad, sad day.

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