Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lessons learned at a public school

This is slightly old news:

On a Monday morning last month, highway patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at El Camino High School to announce some horrible news: Several students had been killed in car wrecks over the weekend.
Classmates wept. Some became hysterical.
A few hours and many tears later, though, the pain turned to fury when the teenagers learned that it was all a hoax - a scared-straight exercise designed by school officials to dramatize the consequences of drinking and driving.


I saw the headline a couple days ago and thought "That was stupid." and moved on.

Instapundit mentioned it, and I chased the link. I found the comments interesting. Here are a selection:

Just teaches students not to trust authority
Posted by: Leigh Thelmadatter at June 13, 2008 9:22 AM

Dunno. Knowing that authority figures will lie to you is a valuable lesson. Altho it's probably not the lesson they meant to teach.
Posted by: rosignol at June 13, 2008 9:44 AM

Perhpas the lesson would have been more effective if the students in question were never heard from again?
It takes, small, cruel, and deluded minds to call emotional abuse like this "education." All invloved should be fired and never allowed to hold a position of public trust and authority ever again. Their judgement of propriety is proved beyond redemption.
Posted by: Sarge at June 13, 2008 10:02 AM

Agreed. To never trust authority is a most valuable life lesson. Perhaps THE most. Valuable.
Posted by: Richard Blaine at June 13, 2008 10:05 AM

I wonder if not trusting authority was the big lesson students learned that day?

The voting is currently about 9 to 1 that this was inappropriate.

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