Diane Wolk-Rogers: A Parkland teacher's homework for us all
Diane Wolk-Rogers has been a Florida public school teacher for more than three decades. Full bio
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mass school shootings in American history.
follow me through the hall,
moving in the opposite direction.
and I knew I had to pull myself together.
that somehow, Valentine's Day --
that somehow, Valentine's Day
of the "pop, pop" sound of the gunfire.
of my students
of pain, grief and anger
lost 17 precious lives
question I've been asked.
I've been humbled by a student's question.
in the public schools for 33 years,
what you don't know
to being an engaged student,
to the person asking you a question.
Admit what you don't know.
thoughtful questions all the time.
to prove their smarts.
when I have no idea of the answer,
Let me research that and get back to you."
the answer to one of my questions,
with the Second Amendment and the NRA.
you've been sitting in a history class,
to the security of a free State,
to keep and bear arms,
infringe on the rights of citizens
was ratified 226 years ago.
the federal government's armed forces
as necessary to protect the states.
had ended a few years prior,
marksmanship on the battlefield.
for any future conflicts,
was written to ensure
to ensure future soldiers had good aim.
the gun regulation conversations
of the Second Amendment.
in our nation's history
regulate and feel about guns.
ruled for the first time
an individual right to possess a firearm
for traditionally lawful purposes,
of the Second Amendment
they could change again.
and dynamic history lesson,
I'm here to teach today,
to stand and speak.
we don't have time to lose.
are killed by guns in the United States,
my students' question soon,
how do we stop this senseless violence,
questions in high school, don't you?
hold gun manufacturers responsible
actually thought about this before.
sued gun manufacturers,
make their products safer
where their products are sold.
for how their products were used.
and the owners who bought them
should anything bad happen.
and many other lawsuits,
for the passage of the PLCAA,
Commerce in Arms Act.
with bipartisan support in 2005
and use the gun responsibly.
and faculty die at my school,
will assume responsibility.
hold ourselves accountable
300 million guns available in America.
for gun violence.
are willing to pass commonsense gun reform
those 300 million guns under control.
can take personal initiative.
taking care of your mental health?
the mental health argument falls flat
our own personal vulnerabilities
will struggle with mental illness.
rigorously engaged in the upkeep
seriously ask ourselves
and attention to own a gun.
of taking care of each other.
why people buy and use guns.
and psychos, shaming them.
for people that need help.
better mental health care.
and poverty affect gun ownership
were fatally shot each month
and emotions with words, not weapons.
reported that last year,
and the police union about that.
with just three possibilities.
Choice D: all of the above.
and this is not an easy problem.
thinking by all of us.
to do your homework,
look to my students as role models.
that I find so inspiring.
engaged in the issue of gun regulation,
to do this on their own.
I'm no gun control expert.
is to share your knowledge.
brave and sincere engagement
needs to do your homework.
with each other.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERDiane Wolk-Rogers - Educator
Diane Wolk-Rogers has been a Florida public school teacher for more than three decades.
Why you should listen
Diane Wolk-Rogers began teaching because she was passionate about supporting too-often neglected young people facing challenges and vulnerabilities. Early in her career, she received awards for her work providing special education support to students with learning and emotional disabilities. In 2001 she joined the faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where she teaches AP World History.
In 2006, Wolk-Rogers became engaged in LGBTQAI activism, and she now serves as the faculty advisor for MSD’s Gay/Straight Alliance. She recently gained national attention for speaking publicly in support of the #neveragain movement led by her students at MSD after the shooting that occurred there on February 14, 2018. Their activism inspires her to fight for a safe learning environment for all.
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