The New Educational Technology – NRA Creates New Markets!

Just sell more guns and and school security equipment! Do you think our kids will be any safer in school, or even in their homes? I don’t. Please see below for some recent reporting on the surge in sales of school security equipment that is going to make a lot of Americans (outside investors?) richer at the expense of common sense vigilance. And you thought it was inconvenient going through airport security screening. This is the new educational technology. Judge for yourself!

“Security options are manifold: Palm scanners, mobile barricades, heat detectors, walkie-talkies, trauma kits, active shooter resistance training and more. In the fall, Florida Christian School in Miami began selling $120 ballistic panels for students to put in their backpacks. At a gun show in Tampa, Florida, last weekend, administrators and parents swarmed a booth offering similar panels for nearly $200 each. . . . Some campuses are starring to rely on outside help, taking donations from families, neighborhood businesses and local Rotary clubs. One company pledged to donate proceeds from its bulletproof backpacks to Parkland victims and families (NY Times, 3/5/2018).”

How about school bake sales for school security? Just like the old days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Ray Myers

Please Don’t Email Me – Let’s Talk

Maybe it was just a matter of time, but it looks like email may be falling under its own weight.  Take a look at your inbox.  Do you pride yourself in having all those important messages just waiting for your witty and pithy responses, or are you just impressed with the scope and depth of your importance in the age of the Internet?  Or maybe you are just fooling yourself and others?  Something will be getting done in the long run, but I think you may be losing something else in the process.  You may actually be able to get more done, more efficiently by returning to the days of meeting face-to-face, or talking on a phone of any kind.  Not to mention honing your interpersonal skills in the process, if that is important to you?

“Email sometimes tricks us into feeling efficient, but it rarely is.  Because it’s asynchronous, and because there are no limits to space and time, it often leads to endless, pointless ruminations.”  If decision-makers had ditched email and just held a 15 minute meeting, members of the campaign (presidential) could have hashed out some decisions more quickly in private.  “In other words, limits often help.  Get on the phone, make a decision, ditch your inbox.  The world will be better off for it.”

In the words of one security expert, in light of the hacked world we live in: “If you have something sensitive to say, you’re going to use the phone or walk down the hallway.”

Ray Myers