Student Punishment Alternatives – Option 4

You realize that punishment doesn’t work.  But you also know that in the real world some issues need a level of restitution. Which is why I am a big fan of service learning as a replacement consequence. The offender gets to reflect, put in some sweat equity, and most importantly feel a sense of pride…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 14 – The Multi-Building Campus

The following is a continuation of our ongoing focus on gun violence at schools.  This post is written by a long time LYSer. Good ideas regarding school safety have been generated by multiple educators. However, I have not seen addressed the major concerns I have regarding campuses with multiple buildings. Having recently spent some time…

Top LYS Tweets – July 9, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   To be clear, immigrants, legal or not, are people who…

Top LYS Tweets – July 2, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “Regrettably, public education has been underfunded, ignored, under-led, sidestepped, attacked,…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 13 – Campus Security

The following is a continuation of our ongoing focus on gun violence at schools.  This post is written by a long time LYSer. In my last post,The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 12 – Campus Security, I discussed the difference between access control and security.  Remember, a football ticket is access control to the stadium,…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 12, Campus Security

The following is a continuation of our ongoing focus and discussion on gun violence at schools.  This post is written by a long time LYSer.   I have read a lot of ideas over the past few weeks in the wake of more school shootings.  I have found most of these ideas lacking.  But, considering the people offering…

Top LYS Tweets – June 11, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s agenda, actions and policies have…

The Logical Response to a Deadly Disease

You have a large population of citizens going about their daily business. Without warning, a pestilence flares up, killing and maiming randomly and indiscriminately.  Then the pestilence goes into hiding. But we know it is still there. Think Flu Strains, Zika and Ebola.   The best minds in the world tackle the problem.  They look for causes,…

When Leadership Fails – Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

An Open Letter to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick   Through your agenda, actions and policies you had contracted the tax base of our great state. This has had a negative effect on social services, health care and public education in Texas.   Through your agenda, actions and policies you have marginalized those who do not…

Enhanced Campus Safety – Advice for Campus Administrators

As stated on Monday’s post (5/21/2018) though it may not feel like it, statistically you, your students, and your staff are safe on campus for the remainder of the school year.   That being stated, we must also realize that like it or not, school shootings are proving to be contagious behaviors. So, let’s look…

Enhanced Classroom Safety – Advice for Teachers

First of all, Teachers, though it may not feel like it, statistically you and your students are safe on campus for the remainder of the school year. That being stated, we must also realize that like it or not, school shootings are proving to be contagious behaviors. So, let’s look at some common sense things…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 11: Reader Comment – Gun Control

The following is from a long time LYS’er.   SC,   Gun control is the “go to” response for many after a shooting.  Well, let’s talk about gun control, the 2nd Amendment, and outcomes.  First, the 2nd Amendment is likely the most controlled right in the U.S.  Before you say something like the 1st Amendment doesn’t kill, you might want to…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 7: The Second Amendment

Let’s discuss the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The genius of our Founding Fathers is beyond debate. They wrote and adopted a document that provides a framework for governing, security and prosperity that has endured for over 200 years.  In this document, they included a provision for armed militia and citizens. Having wrestled…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 6: The Unregistered Gun

Another common sense, public safety rule we could enact for firearms, from a law-abiding, life-long hunter and gun owner.   We really don’t know how many guns are in circulation and who owns them. That’s a public health and safety problem, and by extension a school and child safety problem.   Unregistered firearms are sprinkled far…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 4: Firearm Liability Insurance

There are two things that I participate in (daily) that place my fellow citizens at measurable risk… No matter how careful and responsible I am.  Those two things are driving a car and owning a gun. To drive a car, the state requires that I purchase insurance. This is to compensate and make whole any…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 3: Gun Purchase Age Limits

Right at the top of the Declaration of Independence it is written that we have the right to pursue Life, Liberty and Happiness. Yet, within our boarders the greatest daily danger to ending my Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness is the unfettered and unrestricted access to firearms by my fellow citizens. Which means that…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – Part 1: Harden the Target

Our schools and our children have increasingly become targets of those committed to evil. This is the new reality. Yet, many if not most of our schools are less protected than the check cashing kiosk at the local grocery store. It is time to embrace the admittedly reactionary solution of hardening the target. Meaning it…

The Protect Our Children Initiative – A Multi-Part Series

It is beyond time to recognize that our current practice of allowing essentially unfettered access to firearms has placed U.S. Citizens at a far greater risk of being slaughtered by a random gunman than our peers in other First World democracies. That is the “good” news.   The bad news is that due to either…

The Campus Pre-Flight Check

I grew up in a family of professional and military pilots. And I too (briefly), flew small planes.  I mention this because there is a fundamental pilot practice that I learned in the cradle that served me well as a school leader.  A practice that every school leader should make a daily activity. Before EVERY…

Readers Write… So When is Enough, Enough – Part 3

In response to the 9/1/2015 post, “So When is Enough, Enough,” more LYSers write: Yep, it is a sad state of affairs in our country when there is extreme outrage over the death of a Lion across the globe and zero outrage over the assassination of a law enforcement officer in Texas filling his car…

A Reader Writes… So When is Enough, Enough – Part 2

In response to the 9/1/2015 post, “So When is Enough, Enough,” a LYSer writes: SC, Your number 1 on Plan B is pretty broad.   Number 2 and 3 seem very reasonable, but reformers really don’t speak about those types of steps or safety measures.  I only hear about extreme measures that could fall under your…

A Reader Writes… So When is Enough, Enough – Part 1

In response to the 9/1/2015 post, “So When is Enough, Enough,” a LYSer writes: Wayne LaPierre (NRA Executive Vice President) surely misspoke, no doubt.  In his quote the word “only” is an absolute qualifier, and the World seldom works in absolutes. What is true is that in virtually every active shooter situation, the event stops once…

A Reader Writes… How Many Children Must Die – Part 2

In response to the 10/31/2014 post, “How Many Children Must Die,” a LYS district leader shares the following: First, I should start by saying I too don’t like the fact that children die in our schools and streets. I also agree that a discussion is needed. However, I think setting emotion aside and embracing facts…

How Many Children Must Die?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. – U.S. Constitution, Amendment 2. Rock Effective Range: As far as a man can accurately throw (approximately 90 feet). Rate of Attack: Based on how…

Campus Security Checklist (REVISED)

The following is a post that I wrote in 2012, hoping that I would only have to publish it once.   This is now the fourth time I have shared it.  Hopefully, this time will be the last. Over the upcoming days, weeks and months there will be considerable hand wringing, finger pointing and second guessing…
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