I am going to keep this one short today, and instead ask a series of questions, so here goes:
· Are we seeking to find the cause of violence in schools or blame something/someone?
· Has there been a truly honest proactive conversation about reducing violence in schools or are we still reacting?
· Who/what are the political machines working behind the scenes on this particular issue that we rarely hear about, and how do they affect the conversation?
· Do we have honest statistical comparisons of violence in schools from around the world?
· If we do have these comparisons, do we truly look at them or just use the stats to score our own political points?
· How many tragedies like the most recent ones have happened in the last 50 years and has the climate truly changed in a way designed to deal with the violence?
· Would the money currently being spent on ads, for all sides of the issue, be better spent in schools themselves?
· How much money is actually being spent on ads?
· Are there real ideas sitting on shelves gathering dust because someone purposely shelved them?
Our kids are watching what we do, what we say, and how we behave, so let us get it right this time.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III