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Thoughts on Virginia Tech April 19, 2007

Posted by winterSmith in Blacksburg, Columbine, Education, school discipline, Virginia Tech.

I won’t sit here and pretend that EducationF1rst would have prevented this week’s tragedy in Blacksburg. Clearly there are pathologies here that no system in a nation of 300 million can expect to catch all the time. I like to think that a broad program of reform addressing curriculum, community investment, discipline and teacher quality would make these things at least a little less likely, but even if it did how would I prove it?

All I can do is acknowledge that things went horribly wrong, and in doing so take a moment to point people toward a few things that perhaps provide insight and support, as well as maybe an idea or two about practical steps we should look into.

  • Jo Scott-Coe properly questions the limits of standardization and wonders about the corrosive effects of our misguided emphasis on piecemeal tactics instead of a truly holistic strategy.
  • Jim Booth, whose wife works with the spouse of one of the victims, searches for solace in the words of our master poets.
  • My good friend Dr. Denny wonders, as I imagine a lot of professors are right about now, what would he do?
  • Robert Silvey expresses his frustration at America’s gun culture.
  • Gavin Chait, who lives in Cape Town, offers America a little perspective by noting that we’re not really as violent a culture as we sometimes imagine we are.
  • Being an entrepreneur and partner in a firm that sells technology that could have potentially helped alert students of the danger bearing down on them, I ask whether more lives might have been saved had the university acted last September. I also take time to consider Iraq, which has 3.5 Virginia Techs every day.
  • Finally, I offer to the entire Tech community and the residents of the great state of Virginia my deepest sympathies. I live in Colorado and was here during Columbine. It felt like somebody had killed my family – a feeling that was never really rational, but it was very real and it’s one I’ll never forget. We’re thinking about you.


1. jk - April 19, 2007

NBC created this monster and they are trying to create another one by playing his propaganda video over and over. All the victims’ families should join together in a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against NBC for wrongful death. You don’t believe it? Well, why did he sent his garbage to NBC? He knew that his propaganda would be shown by them because all he was really doing was mimicking their propaganda anyway. The Left says all us crackers deserve to die for what some moronic morons who lived 200 years ago did, and this guy just took that stupidity to it’s illogical conclusion. NBC is Cho’s father and ABC is his mother, and they are proud of their bastard child. Just turn on the TV and you can see their pride and joy.

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