A teacher at the private Paideia School recently taught a class called “Experiment in Living” during which students learned about homelessness.
Students slept on the playground at a preschool in Inman Park. They tried to understand why people are homeless and what it’s like to live that way.
The teacher admitted some people may roll their eyes at her idea of social engineering. But she strongly believes in teaching students empathy.
“That is the single most important lesson I’d like to see them learn,” teacher Elizabeth Hearn said.
For the past several years teachers at Paideia have used the last couple of weeks of school to expose students to a variety of topics. Hearn said she started the homelessness program to expand students’ views.
This is an interesting way to handle those last few days of schools – when testing is over and students are restless for summer break. But I wonder what would happen if a public school tried to teach Hearn’s class.
What do you think of this class? Should schools teach social awareness?