Issues of educational malpractice
Mock trial concerns Chris Moss, a seventeen-year-old high school senior, who has been unable to find employment due to a significant lack of basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills. Although Chris has passed all courses and is scheduled to graduate at the end of the school year, Chris has difficulty reading simple books and giving correct change at a store. Chris claims that the Metro City Schools committed educational malpractice by failing to meet its duty to educate Chris in the basic academic skills. Metro City Unified School District claims that it has met its duty by providing Chris with the opportunity to attend school. Also, because of factors like Chris's poor attendance and failure to take remedial classes, Chris, not Metro City Schools, is reponsible for any educational problem.
Mock trials developed by the Street Law Project can be used for competitions and/or for mock-trial units in class. Each contains statement of facts, witness statements, evidence and applicable cases on statute. All contain information on types of mock trials, tips on preparing and conducting the trial, simplified steps and rules in a trial, and even guidelines on mock trial competitions.
Mock trials at this grade level are not scripts, but rather give a set of facts and allow witnesses and lawyers to create testimony and questioning consistent with the facts. They typically have about eight speaking parts. They can usually be presented in one class period or adapted to be presented in that period, but most could take more time if it were available. These mock trials are suggested for use with students in grades 10-12.
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