Having been a classroom teacher for 34 years, when I read "Utahns cool with guns in school" (Tribune, Jan. 24), my jaw (and spirits) dropped: "Nearly six out of 10 Utahns believe teachers should be allowed to pack firearms in the classroom."
Take a moment to think back on your own years in school. Who were the teachers who most influenced your life? What was the classroom atmosphere like where you learned most?
Were you allowed to ask questions, have debates with classmates, honestly discuss your thoughts and ideas in a safe and open forum where the aim was to learn to listen to all views with respect, and to challenge your own thinking if the views had solid evidence to support them?