Saturday, October 12, 2013

High School Students Given Death Panel Assignment

A school teacher at St. Joseph Ogden High School in St. Joseph, IL gave their 14/15 year old students a death panel assignment.

The assignment, part of the Introduction to Social Science class, involved ten individuals all of whom are in dire need of kidney dialysis.  The local hospital has only enough machines to support 6 patients.

The assignment you may have guessed the arbitration of who receive medical care and who does not.
As you can see from the image below the doctor, lawyer, housewife, teacher, cop and Lutheran minister were chosen to live while the ex-convict, prostitute, college student and disabled person were not.

While denying that the assignment has nothing to do with death panels, according to Principal, Brian Brooks:
….the assignment is to educate students about social values and how people in our society unfortunately create biases based off of professions, race, gender, etc.  The teacher’s goal is to educate students in the fact that these social value biases exist, and that hopefully students will see things from a different perspective after the activity is completed.  The teacher’s purpose in the element of the assignment you are referring to is to get students emotionally involved to participate in the classroom discussion, and to open their minds to the fact that they themselves have their own social biases…. 

Todd Starnes
Champion News
H/t Barracuda Brigade via Conservative Chick.


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