Educational Editorial: Safety of children in our schools

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A review of a recent sports page revealed that the batting averages of the leading hitters in the National and American baseball leagues were .326 and .349. About three out of 10 times these millionaires got a hit.

Most professions consider that a 30 percent to 70 percent hit rate is good.

There are exceptions! My brother and brother-in-law are both physicians. Rarely would they have patients to seek their help with this kind of success rate.

A sign posting "50 percent of my patients make it" would not engender confidence or a productive practice.

There is an area, however, where there is no tolerance for error…the safety of children in our schools.

As a superintendent, my last public announcement would likely have been, "Well, we got most of the children home today. We are not sure where the others are, but a 90 percent success rate is exceptionally high."

Imagine the combinations and permutations of thousands of young people in hundreds of schools in the metro area…and try to calculate the responsibility.

With about half of the summer break behind us and with school administrators earnestly preparing for the post-Labor Day opening, perhaps we should begin to prepare our schools by preparing our children for safe experiences.

Let's talk with them about where they go, with whom they associate, what they do, how they act, what they write in text messages, what they watch on TV, what video games they play…generally make them safer by knowing more about them…and tell them about consequences.

Young people and adults make mistakes, our hope is that they will have an opportunity to recover from them. The best warranty is always prevention.

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