The dawn of a new year brings published assessments of the recent past. In recent weeks, I noticed news stories about the Centers for Disease Control’s final data on gun violence in 2020. We know from news reports that the social dislocation and economic stress of the pandemic, along with fear generated by simultaneously-occurring political conflicts, were associated with a record-setting pace of gun purchases.

Stopping to Notice Small News Items

How do we want children to view their time at school? Metal detectors, police officers in the hallways, and frequent “active shooter” emergency drills pose risks for students’ educational experiences. What are the consequences for learning when we constantly remind students that schools are places for feeling afraid rather than places for cultivating enthusiasm about learning?

Guns and Schools

Significant news media attention this week is directed at the oral arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in the much-anticipated case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. The case presents a challenge to New York’s law that requires individuals to show a special need to defend themselves in order to be granted a license to carry a concealed pistol.

Thoughts and Prayers—and more(?)—for Oxford