I want to feel better. I want to feel smart again. I want to go back to school and see my students. I want to read something without having it give me a headache. I also would like to find treasure somewhere. Five things... that's all I'm asking for here.
School of Shock by Jennifer Gonnerman
Want to have a great discussion in class? Have your students read this article from 2007. It details, well... here is the blurb:
Eight states are sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids to a facility that punishes them with painful electric shocks. How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture?
Yes this is real. This actually happens. In America. I can't wait for my friend Deb to see this article because she might explode. Literally, she could spontaneously combust when she reads that article. BOOM. Sorry Deb.
Article: 10 of 10
Wonderful investigative journalism. It focuses on the Judge Rotenburg Educational Center 20 miles outside of Boston and their wonderfully Clockwork Orange discipline style. It reads like satire and I honestly had to stop and remind myself that it was a true story.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Kids love this article. I read it in class two years ago with a group and they yalked about it for months. They went home and talked about it with their parents. They even talked me into calling the Rotenburg Center during class and telling them that we thought they were evil. Not realy proud of that one, but when the kids get all righteous it's kind of awesome.