We all do stupid things.
One year, I left the water running in the sink and flooded my bathroom. That was stupid. I know better but I let myself get distracted. As a teacher I was regularly cautioned to never use the word ‘stupid’. But to be honest with you, we teachers regularly see behaviors (and policies) that can only be described as stupid. Some examples of stupidity we can fix. But there is one form of stupidity that we can’t fix; it is deadly and we need to be able to recognize it to protect our children. Now, before you get angry, let me do a little clarifying of terms. This is important because at the time of this writing (early 2015) there is a measles outbreak sweeping the nation and the word stupid is being used with abandon.