Active-shooter drills in schools: useless, terrifying to children, a waste of time and mental health.. Another fiasco resulting from the innumeracy of the supposedly educated, e.g. journalists & education administrators, nails it.
Active-Shooter Drills Are Misguided. We ask children to manage not the everyday risks that they are capable of managing—or should, for their own good, manage—but rather the problems they almost by definition cannot. My latest in ⁦
There’s scant evidence that active-shooter drills are effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood, writes
There’s scant evidence that active-shooter drills are effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood, writes
"In one Massachusetts kindergarten classroom hangs a poster with lockdown instructions that can be sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Lockdown, Lockdown, Lock the door / Shut the lights off, Say no more." God forgive us.
There’s scant evidence that active-shooter drills are effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood, writes
A great critique by of not just how active shooter training risks greater psychological damage to children than any likely real-world benefit, but of how we're bleeding children of their childhood more generally. I highly recommend it. 1/2
Excerpt from this article on active shooter drills in US schools. I defy you to read anything more unsettling and creepy today.
All my experience as a psychologist dealing with disasters and critical events over almost 40 years have taught me how unnanounced or false announced drills undermine preparedness and increase anxiety: Active-Shooter Drills Are Misguided - The Atlantic
Stop active-shooter drills in schools, right now. "Preparing our children for profoundly unlikely events would be one thing if that preparation had no downside. But in this case, our efforts may exact a high price." []
Active-Shooter Drills Are Misguided - The Atlantic ⁦⁩ // that’s my high school in the lede ☹️
Erika Christakis: Active-Shooter Drills Are Misguided - The Atlantic | This is end state when one lets emotion dictate policy, rather than logic.
Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided: There’s scant evidence that they’re effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood via
Apropos, we'll see how I am if I ever have a 5-year-old, but today I'm saying gains from things like a lockdown rhyme to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star are not worth the warping effect this can have on the psyche of a kindergartner. 2/2
Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided: There’s scant evidence that they’re effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood via