Simulation: You are a parent who receives a letter that says, "Each day a group of students will be shunned because they don't have the required colored sticker."
The good news: Students may never forget it.
The bad news: Students may never forget it.
Do you you think these types of simulations work? Would you want your students/your child to go through this exercise without them knowing it is a simulation? How do you feel about this type of teaching? Is this really bullying in disguise?
School encourages shunning to stop bullying was reported on a school in Colorado that attempted this simulation. Some folks felt the exercise was timely and would make kids realize what it feels like when made to feel "inferior". Some didn't agree with the method selected.
I think kids should be informed about the simulation and its purpose. Kids should also be given the opportunity to "opt out" whenever the simulation involves them personally.
Yes, it was a Colorado school. I heard about the exercise on the news one night and had mixed feelings about it. I thought it would be good to share the exercise in the community. Would you do this in your classroom?
I like Jeanne's suggestions to inform students that it is a simulation and respect her idea to allow any student to opt out. Does this resolve all of your concerns?
I facilitating an exercise in an Economics class. Everyone came to the "table" and formed three small groups, representing either a Superpower Nation, a country coming into its own, or a Third World country. Review questions were asked and answered to review for the test on global economics and students were rewarded with popcorn but only in relation to their standing. The Superpower group received a big bowl of popcorn. Countries coming into their own were rewarded with a napkin and a handful of popcorn each. Third World countries were rewarded with a napkin and a handful of popcorn to share within their group. A point was made, much to the grumbling of the Third War Countries.