ERIC Number: ED378127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Statement of Facts for 1991 City-Wide Mock Trial Competitions. Chris M. v. Dr. Terry Preece and Metro City Unified School District.
National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.
Prepared by the District of Columbia Street Law Project for its 20th annual city-wide mock trial competition, this instructional handout provides the material for a mock civil trial over educational malpractice. Chris Moss, a senior at Metro City Senior High School, has been enrolled in Metro City's schools since entering kindergarten and has progressed from grade to grade at least minimally passing all classes. Because of extremely weak basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic, Chris has faced difficulties in finding and holding jobs. Chris charges the school district with educational malpractice for failing to provide him with basic skills. The school district claims that it has met its duty to provide educational opportunities for students. The handout clarifies the laws and explains the legal precedents. As evidence, the handout provides job applications and skill evaluation forms filed by Chris; records of his grades; and witness statements from Chris, an educational specialist, an office manager of a firm that fired Chris, the district superintendent, a teacher, and a student from Metro City Senior High School. Through participation in mock trials and analysis of the activity, students gain an insider's perspective on courtroom procedure and a basic understanding of the legal mechanism through which society resolves its disputes. Mock trials develop critical analysis, questioning and listening skills, and skills in preparing and organizing materials. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civil Law, Court Litigation, Educational Malpractice, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Social Studies School Service, Dept. A3, P.O. Box 802, Culver City, CA 90232-0802.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.; Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Law Center.