As we look back on the achievements of completing another academic year, we are also struck by the violence that befell schools around the country this past year. Shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Santa Fe High School in Texas, and, most recently, at Noblesville West Middle School right here in Indiana remind us of the dangers students and teachers face when going to school. Unfortunately, these are only three examples of gun violence that plagued schools around the country this year alone.
This does not and should not be the reality of education. We have a responsibility to give students and faculty a safe environment where they can learn and teach without fear. We must make ending gun violence a priority while addressing other issues in our schools, such as mental health care and teacher shortages.
Education remains one of the most critical parts of a student’s future. Now more than ever, it is crucial to support education – including those future teachers at the School of Education. As IU alum and Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher Kat Posada said when she came to speak to School of Education students, “Events like this make us all think twice about going into education. But the children in this country need strong people to help them figure out how to make a difference in the world.”
Terrence C. Mason
Dean, IU School of Education