Yesterday saw the second of two tragedies to strike Huntsville schools in just over a week: successive Fridays with school shootings.  The first was a student at Discovery Middle School, and the second was a trio of faculty members at UAHuntsville.

I don’t have any statistics or evidence to present, but it seems to me from what I’ve seen over the past 4 years that schools can be places of tremendous conflict.  Faculty, staff, students, parents: all seem to experience tension that I wouldn’t have thought possible when I was outside of the educational community.  Why is this so in an instituion that has a mission of fostering personal growth?

How can we as “insiders” reduce the tension and conflict?