Perry Binder, J.D.
Participant Activity, Part I
Hypothetical: You are a teacher in the state of Georgia looking for a way to teach lessons of fairness, justice, and empathy for your class. Today, you read about the following (fictitious) story: In the State of Apathy, the Utopia elementary school sits 400 yards downstream from a dam holding back billions of gallons of water mixed with coal sludge. The Apathy state government and local school board have refused to build a new elementary school in a safer location. The not so apathetic parents of children attending Utopia, afraid for their children’s lives, have tried for years to get a new school out of harm’s way. Finally, in April 2010, the local school board will discuss and vote on possible funding for a new school.
What would your lesson look like if this wasn’t a hypothetical and these events were occurring at your school?
Marsh Fork Elementary School, West Virginia
Advocacy Group: http://www.penniesofpromise.org/