The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson

Erika Beras, NPR, May 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have in the past said that "to teach is to model and demonstrate." The aspect of being a role model cannot be underestimated. This article is about a civics teacher who was arrested for no reason (his 'crime' was turning on his audio recorder while the police offer was questioning him; he was being questioned for standing at the side of the road talking with a reporter). He took his experience back to the classroom (and to the wider world) to make his point. "In the courtrooms," Henderson bellowed. "So it's very important that we can go marching and protesting and being as mad as we want. But, until we actually have more of you guys working in courtrooms ..." (But not just the courtroom, right?)

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