Anybody else read this glittering example of educational progress today?
"This was the community's first glimpse of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program — a course that introduces prisoners and college students as equals in the classroom to discuss social and political topics for university credit."
Uh huh. Some gems from this piece:
Lucas County Assistant Prosecutor Dean Mandros and University of Toledo Interim Dean of Students Michele Martinez were among the civic leaders, university administrators, and prison personnel to participate in the final session Tuesday that started with questions such as, "What is your most embarrassing moment?" and "How would you like to improve yourself?" After the exercise, participants sat in a circle and were asked how the exercise made them feel. Answers ranged from anxious and overwhelmed to comfortable and enlightened.
Prior to the session last week, University of Toledo students and inmates at the Toledo Correctional Institution sat in alternating seats, munching on food from Chipotle and chatting comfortably. There were outbursts of laughter, and sometimes whispered inside jokes between the predominantly female students and male prisoners — a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that felt more like a college dorm than prison lockup.
Liz, a University of Toledo senior majoring in political science, said she isn't curious about the crimes that resulted in her classmates' imprisonment. The experience left her reconsidering law school, in favor of furthering her education to teach in the prison system. "All I see are people, and all I see are great people," Liz said. "And I don't want to ask that, I don't want to know. You don't have to know someone's past to know them."
College, year 2010. Take out student loans to sit with prisoners & talk feelings. "You don't have to know someone's past to know them."
Fabulous. Just what I'd want my daughter doing...