Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thanksgiving Day Gratitude for Danny's School
First came the study of world religions. Yes, this would seem to be tailor-made to make this mother happy. :) A Xaverian Catholic school that teaches the major world religions. As I have helped Danny with his homework, we have discovered what I feel are a few inaccuracies or biases, but hey, he's got me to help correct those :) And, amazingly wonderfully, the teacher has been open to hearing what Danny has to say!
But today's homework for his "ethics and values" class was a homerun for the whole family! If you have any interest in Mexico at all, or in legal systems in general, you have GOT to see this movie! Called "Presunto Culpable," it came out back in 2010, but somehow we missed it.
It is a documentary presented by a team of Mexican lawyers, about the Mexican system of "guilty until proven innocent." The movie follows the story of one young man wrongly convicted of murder, and the saga he goes through to try and prove his innocence. The statistics that are presented in the movie are astounding, including the percentages of verdicts that are convictions (95%) and the percentage of convictions with no physical evidence (92%).
As if the movie weren't powerful and thought-provoking on its own, the kids were put into pairs and told to summarize the movie in one-half to one page. They were then asked a series of really deep, reflective, valuable questions about democracy, human rights, and the personal traits that make for success. As with any film, I found those who take issue with it. Slant Magazine goes so far as to call it unethical.
Many of you who read this are dynamite educators. Bless your souls. I am very, very grateful this holiday that my son is benefitting from some dynamite teachers and a powerful curriculum, and grateful that throughout his life, each of his schools has benefitted him in wonderful ways! Thanks to the teachers who inspire our children!!!!!