The Huffington Post
When Education meets Catastrophe
In his Outline of History, H.G. Wells claimed, “human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” In making this delineation, he overlooked the tragedy that occurs when a school itself becomes the site of catastrophe. On Tuesday, Taliban commanders orchestrated a massacre within a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which left 148 people, 132 of them children, dead. Some have compared Tuesday’s attack to a school hostage crisis in Beslan, Russia, ten years ago, when 300 children were killed in a gun battle between Islamic terrorists and Russian forces. This brings me to the question: how can we better regulate spaces such as schools to make them safer? And, more importantly, how can we punish fundamentalist organizations that believe that the mutilation of a child’s life is an acceptable occurrence?
Nikita Malik writes for the Huffington Post.
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