Comments: 10
Defenestraethe 2 weeks ago
I read with interest, wondering what I would make of it if I were encountering it for the first time.
Portable Monsters 1 week ago
Sounds very interesting but surely the teacher could have reframed the exercise in a more constructive way. Like, instead of asking children to write a suicide letter, maybe asking them to write a letter, presenting how the young woman could have communicated with each of the other characters to express her feelings and maybe resolve conflicts before turning to suicide?
Hol 1 week ago
That sounds like a much more reasonably sounding task, PM.
Defenestraethe 1 week ago
I like that idea. Or ask the students to look at public policy in their area: what options exist now for addressing her problems?
Portable Monsters 1 week ago
I like that idea, too. Teaching kids to research public policy options is an excellent life skill.
Defenestraethe 1 week ago
I don't think I ever had a class that tied material to local policy/news/options. Not even civics or politics. Maybe that's why people are more likely to vote in national elections than local ones.
Portable Monsters 1 week ago
All I can remember is a high school social studies class that showed us a documentary on a case where Houston PD shot an unarmed kid who stole a car, then planted a gun on him. Discussion of investigative journalism and public outcry uncovering it and leading to justice.
Defenestraethe 1 week ago
Oh that's cool. I had to memorize exports.
Portable Monsters 1 week ago
We had lots of that, too. But it was the lesson in democracy and civil duty and justice that I remember 35 years later, not the major exports of Peru.
Defenestraethe 1 week ago
Sure! Who wouldn't?