Currently, the news is dominated by the tragic events in Connecticut, and there is nothing much I can add to the conversation that will help. In fact, as a society, we tend to overdo it with information when it comes to tragedies like this. Personally, my own kids know nothing about it and we do not intend to talk about it with them anytime soon (unless of course they ask).
As educators and parents, we still have a job to do, and that is to help students. Students need to be able to concentrate on their learning and on their educational plans. It is also Christmas (whether you celebrate it or not), and it is more useful to concentrate on the season of positivity than a topic of negativity.
My point is, stay the course, do not lose focus on what we are supposed to be doing, no matter what we feel, because that is what students really need in the long run. A good well-rounded education can help solve future issues like the one that just occurred, and it is up to us to keep the ship steering on the right course. Let us act not react.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III