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ERIC Number: EJ772750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
School of Law
Olsen, Ken
Teaching Tolerance, n27 p40-45 Spr 2005
This article explains how Street Law helps teachers to defuse tensions between students and police through a combination of education, empathy, and expertise. Street Law was born at Georgetown in 1972. Every year, it sends two dozen law students like Courtney Donovan into Washington, D.C., high schools to help teach the year long course. Street Law meets five days a week, with law students teaching three or four of the sessions and the regular high school teacher overseeing the other classes. Street Law gives the students knowledge about their civil rights, and how police are supposed to behave. Along the way, students learn about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, personal responsibility and the tools they have to protect themselves from over-the-top cops. Some Washington, D.C. judges even offer minor juvenile offenders the opportunity to have their record expunged if they successfully complete a Street Law course. In the end, it is about more than upholding the law. It is about teaching students to uphold society and become civic contributors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia