By John Christie
What were they thinking? I'm talking about the official-dumb at the major elementary school in my hometown, and their decision to hold an impromptu drill a few days ago. Masked individuals, who, it turned out were the Principal and his Vice, stormed yelling and screaming into a classroom as though they were robbers, kidnappers, or terrorists. No advance warning, no notice to parents that, at some point in time, this would happen. The kids were terrified. Some were crying. In fairness, they were hastily told the trauma wasn't real, but by then the damage had been done. Parents were, understandably, outraged. There have been no shortage of apologies after the fact, but, how did something like this happen in the first place? Did the Board of Education know? Doesn't matter, I guess. Because this bone-headed move on the part of educators does not exactly surprise me. I see it as a symptom of a much larger problem...that being...a largely ineffective educational system. One that gets a failing grade at teaching kids to really think and problem-solve, because it is too busy filling them with useless facts. And, obviously, some of those responsible for educating our future leaders are themselves, not great at thinking things through.