Troy High School social studies teacher Marc Mostransky welcomed local attorney George Lamarche III to his classes last week. George reviewed facts of a case he’s currently worked on and then asked students to act as a jury and decide the defendant’s fate.
Mostransky said this is a real-world approach to Common Core learning, in which students are required to develop arguments based on evidence. In addition, students debated with one another much like a real jury would.
“The law is something the students see all the time, but never feel they have any say in the way it works,” said Mostransky. “Here they use the evidence as an opportunity to voice their opinions.”