Saturday, May 05, 2007
Courtesy experiment concludes in eighth grade communication arts
The annual courtesy experiment in Mr. Randy Turner's eighth grade communication arts concluded Friday.
Each year in the fourth quarter following the MAP tests, Mr. Turner's classes watch the 1967 movie To Sir With Love starring Sidney Poitier as a schoolteacher who changes the lives of a group of London students from the wrong side of the tracks, by treating them as adults and expecting them to observe formal courtesy.
After the movie, the students follow the same rules the students of Poitier's character, Mark Thackeray, had to follow. In addition to being polite, female students are referred to as Miss (whatever their last name is) and male students are referred to by their last names. Male teachers are called "sir,' while female teachers are called ma'am.
The students will write a paper on their experience Monday, according to Mr. Turner.
(Photo: Two students who really gave their all during the week-long courtesy experiment were Tyler Walker and Tim Scroggins, shown with Ms. Joyce Wall)