Hello, and welcome to Episode 38 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.
This week on the podcast I’m doing something a little different. Just over a week ago as this releases, the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas occurred in my own state of Florida. As these always are, it was quickly followed by people, politicians, and pundits wishing their thoughts and prayers.
But then something different happened. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas spoke up and became activists. They say “No, we want action, not thoughts and prayers.” They started the March4OurLives, are organizing nationwide student protests, and are generally pushing the issue and not backing down.
Like them, I decided that enough was enough and that we, as teachers, had stayed quiet too long. For far too many of these events we have played Switzerland in class, many of of encouraging our kids to debate the big issues, but most of us not sharing our own view point. For me, and I hope for you, not any more.
So I put together a panel of educators to discuss the issue, and really talk openly about what has occurred, what we should be telling our students, and what should be done to stop these tragedies. This panel features myself, Nicole DeLuca, a US History teacher at my school, my little brother Travis Shreffler, who isn’t a teacher but is well informed on political issues as he runs a live internet show that discusses the issues, and partway through, Carol Salva joins us, an ESOL teacher out of Texas.
I hope you’ll take the time to listen to this special episode and really consider adding your voice to the conversation.
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