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Closing Schools: An “innovative” solution?

By Richard Lacey

As a member of the Public Education staff led by Ed Meade and Doc Howe, I was constantly encouraged to seek innovative solutions to persistent problems affecting public schools. For example, one of the most perplexing problems has been school shootings.
The coronavirus poses another threat, as schools nationwide have closed and their students and staff have entered quarantine. 
Yet, as a direct result, last month was the first March without a school shooting since 2002!
Should President Trump credit himself with the innovative approach to solving the U.S. school shootings dilemma?
A demonstrable solution to the problem has become apparent: no schools.
All that time parents and activists have spent trying to limit guns? Wasted time and energy.
It turned out that the solution was obvious: just close schools.
That would also solve another nagging problem: no schools, no school dropouts.
Why hasn’t someone at the Ford Center for Social Justice made a grant to explore that fresh approach?
Expect to see the National Rifle Association unveil a new slogan in the coming months:
Guns don’t kill people, schools do. 
Richard Lacey, of Lacey & Associates, worked in the Public Education program at the Ford Foundation from 1971 to 1975. 



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