Sunday, March 11, 2007

Whats Appropriate In The Classroom?

Pleasant Hope teacher ousted for teaching methods

The Pleasant Hope school board voted to remove a middle school social studies teacher after parents complained about his teaching methods, including an assignment to write about children who murder children.

From an older article we get more details:

Social studies teacher Leon Biggs was placed on administrative leave last week after assigning seventh-graders to read — and then write about — articles that detailed cases where children murdered preschoolers.


One article came from a true crime Web site, the other from the CBS News show "48 Hours," and touched on possible reasons children might become murderers, the impact murders had on families and consequences for the murderers.

Both articles described how young children were battered or strangled to death and included references to sexual assault and sodomy. Their murderers were ages 10 and 13.

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