I can’t believe what I heard today. My mind is still reeling.
A coworker stopped me a this morning to ask my “advice” on a situation at her son’s private Christian school. Not sure that I can do justice to the description, but let me try to “splain-it” the best I can.
Her son is in 8th grade. His is a “dynamic young teacher” who is in his 3rd year. Apparently this teacher has a mantra of “keeping it real” for his students. Therefore, as an English assignment, students were required to do the following:
- Think of an experience in your life in which someone said or did something that really hurt your feelings.
- In order to really get in touch with those feelings, write a letter to that person explaining what was done and how it made you feel.
- Read your letter aloud to the class during group sharing.
- Find an address for the offending person and mail the letter.
Failure to participate in any of the above steps will result in a “0” for the final test score.
Parents were not informed of this assignment.
I feel a bit like Jerry Seinfeld responding to one of Kramer’s lame-brained ideas: “Oh yeah…no way this can backfire.”
Since when did 8th grade become qualified psychotherapists? And don’t even get me started on the theological, sociological and organizational problems with this approach.
This is a nuclear issue, and I imagine the casualties from the fall-out will be far and wide.