Sunday, November 30, 2014

Air Guns/Is School a Social Institution?

Apparently all three of these type guns are air guns...

Pellett gun: An air gun (also called pellet gun) is any variety of projectile weapons that propels projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas, in contrast to firearms, which use a propellant charge.

Airsoft gun: Replica firearms, or a special type of air guns used in airsoft, that fire spherical projectiles of many different materials, including (but not limited to) plastic, aluminum, and biodegradable material. This is achieved by a technical solution of either: compressed gas. spring-driven piston.

BB gun: A type of air gun designed to shoot spherical projectiles called BBs after the shot pellet of approximately the same size. Modern BB guns usually have a barrel with a bore and caliber of 0.177 inches (4.5 mm) and are available in many varieties. BB shot for modern BB guns is usually steel, plated either with zinc or copper to resist corrosion, and measure 0.171 to 0.173 inches (4.3 to 4.4 mm) in diameter. Some manufacturers also still make lead balls of slightly larger diameter and which are generally intended for use in rifled BB gun barrels. The term is often incorrectly used to describe a pellet gun. Although in many cases, a BB can be fired in a pellet gun,[2] pellets usually cannot be fired in a gun specifically designed for BBs. However, many air gun models allow for both types of ammunition.

So if we infer correctly, any replica of a real weapon (airsoft) would come with an orange tip. We can see why someone might want to remove the tip if they were using it to scare off burglars, but why take it this AK47? (Giving E. Graham the benefit of the doubt since he was 17 when this was taken.)

Isn't that just asking for a police officer to shoot you?


Some years ago we knew a man who often sat on public school accreditation committees. When assigned to a Madison County high school, he was met warmly by the principal who knew him slightly. Obviously the accreditation was going to be a walk in the park.

Our friend first asked for the school's mission statement; the first line said: XXX XXXXX High School is a social institution. He immediately told the principal that no school was a social institution for educators and made him re-write the mission statement before proceeding with the evaluation.

From educator Rick Wormelli:

I used to think teachers could be friends with their students, but then I realized I was confusing “friend” with “friendly.” We can grow closer to students when we share a common interest or work on long-term projects, but in every interaction, we must remain teacher/student, mentor/mentee, not true friend, and this is wise.

If any local educator is trying to relate to his students as a "friend," he is doing them a great disservice. 


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