Now, in those same schools and many across the country, there are often armed security, metal detectors, and a whole host of other measures. What gives? Are kids getting more violent. Is it just going to keep getting worse.
Well, I saw this story and it really struck me that with just a little outside thinking, you can change things in a positive way.
Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school
In a school notorious for its lack of discipline, where backpacks were prohibited for fear the students would use them to carry weapons, Bott’s bold decision to replace the security guards with art teachers was met with skepticism by those who also questioned why he would choose to lead the troubled school. ...
But now, three years later, the school is almost unrecognizable. Brightly colored paintings, essays of achievement, and motivational posters line the halls. The dance studio has been resurrected, along with the band room, and an artists’ studio.
It's a pretty amazing story in my opinion. I'm not saying this is the way to transform every school, but in an age where the first thing to get cut is the arts, it's refreshing to see that people can prove the naysayers wrong.