This fall I?ll teach a course at Penn Law on criminal law
theory.One of the readings for the
course is Michel Foucault's book on the history of the prison, Discipline and Punish .During the part of the course
when we?ll be reading the book, I plan on taking my students on a ?field trip?
to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.The Eastern State Pen is interesting and
worth visiting for a number of reasons (not least being the self-guided tour
narrated by Steve Buscemi ) but my hope is that the students, most of whom have,
of course, never been inside a jail or prison at all, will get a different view
on the nature of a prison.That the
Eastern State Pen was one of the first modern prisons, and exemplified many of
the developments that Foucault discusses in his book, makes a trip especially
appealing to me.(That Foucault?s own
views on prisons were influenced by a trip he took to Attica
some time before writing Discipline and Punish has also influenced my choice to
try and do this.)I?m curious to hear
what people think of the idea, and if anyone else has incorporated field-trips
into their teaching, and if so, how well they worked.
UK: Kids taken on school trips to sex clinics The Christian Institute: "Children are being taken to sexual health clinics for school trips which are designed to be 'enjoyable' . . . In London a genito-urinary doctor who has been involved in trips in the capital said: 'We are trying to demystify the experience for children who may have to visit later in life, and to make the clinic friendly and welcoming...
Monday by the numbers Hours of sleep: 3Hours of the night working on my Note: 6Hours that were truly helpful in improving my final draft: negative 3Hours of the night dealing with croup: ??Hours spent at school yesterday: 2Hours spent with Clownfish at my school yesterday: 2Trips on the parking shuttle: 2Trips Clownfish wanted: 6Appeasement lollipops from BarBri: 2Appeasement brownies from the bakesale: 0Professors whose classes I was skipping saw me: 2Classes I have on Monday: 2Pages in the final draft of my note: 6 over the minimumCopies of draft I had to print: 6Times Clownfish wrote "Lam REwiEm" on paper while waiting: 6Minutes Clownfish was enthralled because I let him play with the Law Review office computer: 5Times Clownfish tried to play with the giant stapler: 3Times I turned my back on him for like three seconds to load a printer or something: 3Times I called it an attractive nuisense: 1Times I noted my failure to supervise: 1Times I fixed a really jammed up stapler: 1Times I stabbed myself with industrial-sized staples:1Times I uttered an expletive: #&%$Number of people who heard me make bleary-eyed torts jokes: 2Number of people not related to me in the room: 1Loads of laundry completed: i (that's the root of -1)Trips to the doctor: 1Trips out to lunch: 1Times Clownfish said 'I'm not sick anymore can we go to my friend's house': 268Trips to friend's house: 1Percent grateful to Bullshark for starting dinner even though it was my night: 112%Number I wish I could have worked into this list: pi
Chaperone Liability Our local paper, The Patriot-News, ran an article this morning about liability for volunteers on school field trips. Apparently every school district in our area has coverage for such volunteers, and there is at least one arbitration ruling lately that...