Monday, May 14, 2007

Experiential education at its worst

Associated Press reports today (May 14, 2007) that staff members of a sixth grade class in Murfreesboro, Tennessee "staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables."

"The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip...

"...Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the staff members involved would face disciplinary action, but said the situation 'involved poor judgment.'" [full story at CNN.com].

2 comments:

Andrew Pass said...

Poor judgement - That's an understatement.

Mark said...

Remember at summer camp when counselors would try those "experiential" programs where someone would pretend to be an antisemite or that some terrible event had occured at camp or in the news and the kids would all believe it and be terrified? This is exactly the same, but 10,000x worse. Idiots.