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Hundreds of students protesting gun violence marched to the Minnesota State Capitol on March 7, 2018. Jim Mone/AP

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

As part of preparing students to live in a democracy, schools should teach students how to engage in political dissent, a philosophy of education scholar argues.
Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder, appears in court. REUTERS/Mike Stocker

School shooters: What can law enforcement do to stop them?

Florida does not have a 'red flag' law that would have let police seize Nikolas Cruz's guns before he killed. But there are actions law enforcement could have taken to address his murderous impulses.
Nearly half of all teachers report experiencing a lot of daily stress. AlenKadr/Shutterstock

The hidden threat of teacher stress

Nearly half of all teachers report having high levels of daily stress. Research shows that when teachers are stressed out, it can negatively affect students and schools.
Research shows that carrying a gun for self-defense comes with a host of risks. Shutterstock.com

Why Trump’s idea to arm teachers may miss the mark

While President Donald Trump suggests arming teachers would be a good way to stop school shootings, research shows that carrying firearms comes with a host of troublesome risks.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School visiting the Florida Legislature on Feb. 21, 2018, to discuss gun control and mental illness. AP Photo/Gerald Strong

Mental illness and gun laws: What you may not know about the complexities

When mass shootings occur, some people insist the focus should be on mental illness, not gun control. A psychiatrist explains how that view misses the mark.
Late actor and former National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston held a rifle aloft at a 2002 get-out-the-vote rally. AP Photo/Jim Cole

The NRA’s journey from marksmanship to political brinkmanship

The group, founded in 1871, didn’t try to smother virtually all gun control efforts until the mid-1970s.
Parents and students view a memorial marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Reuters/Joe Skipper

Is suicide contagious?

Learning about a friend's suicide attempt appears to transform a distant idea into something very real. Should this change the way we talk about suicide?

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