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Curricula


The Marshall-Brennan Project has developed two engaging curricula for high school students: "We the Students" and "Youth Justice in America." The "We the Students" curriculum promotes civic literacy by treating the public school as a crucial democratic institution distributing rights and responsibilities to students, parents and teachers. "Youth Justice in America" exposes students to the criminal and juvenile justice systems and challenges them to think critically about how society deals with the problems of crime and punishment involving young people. We the Students is taught in the fall semester and Youth Justice is taught in the spring semester. The basic foundation of the Program's curricula is United States Supreme Court cases that concern the rights and responsibilities of public school students. Each case raises profound issues about the tension between the requirements of community and the rights of the individual. Workbooks with relevant exercises for each lesson are also used in the high school classroom.