Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Are Sheepdogs Born Or Raised?

After the Columbine High School shooting, law enforcement officials realized that traditional police training and response to active shooting scenes was woefully out of touch with the current situation. The traditional response to an active shooting was scene containment by responding patrol and detective units and wait for SWAT to arrive and make any dynamic entry. The trouble is that people continue to get shot while police are waiting for SWAT. The new concept is the formation of immediate dynamic entry teams with whatever police officers are available at an active shooting situation. Even that can take too long for a suburban Fort Worth, Tx, school district. They are training their students to fight back and not cower defensively.

Youngsters in a suburban Fort Worth school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they got — books, pencils, legs and arms.
“Getting under desks and praying for rescue from professionals is not a recipe for success,”…

That kind of fight-back advice is all but unheard of among schools, and some fear it will get children killed.

To the latter quote; no kidding Buckwheat! That is exactly the mentality of sheep, otherwise known as a majority of educators and others. Somebody is going to get killed. The question is who and how many. Are you familiar with the concept of sheep and sheepdogs? No? Go here, here and here.

Humans are born with an array of abilities including aggressive and passive behavior. We can accentuate various behavior patterns with environmental training. There are those in our community who eschew any version of violence in favor of dialogue, or perhaps cowering helplessly. Those people would be sheep. Some of the sheep are properly diagnosed as cowards. But, most sheep simply have neither experience nor training in stressful rational decision making and the implementation of appropriate violent behavior.

So, there is now a Texas school district that is training students to act like sheepdogs instead of sheep. Just goes to show that not all educators are panty waists.

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