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ERIC Number: ED440044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Infusing Functional Law into the Classroom.
Frieman, Barry B.; Fine, Bobbie
The court system touches the lives of many children in the school system, some through divorce, and others through their own illegal behavior. Principals and administrators need to infuse a functional knowledge of the legal system so that these children will be better able to cope and deal with life events that cause them to be placed in contact with the courts. School systems should consider developing age-appropriate curriculum interventions which teach children the functional aspects of the law. The current curriculum teaches children about the role the judicial system plays in the U.S. government, but often ignores how the law affects children on a personal level. A classroom visit by a lawyer can be a beneficial way to help children understand the role lawyers play in the legal process. An infusion process works with younger children, while a special presentation approach is more appropriate with older children. By infusing functional law into the school system, teachers and principals help younger children know how to cope with the legal process; and older children are able to make decisions based on factual information. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A