Thursday, February 25, 2010
THE WALL:"Florida school teaching kids what it's like to live in totalitarian state..."
Pine View School junior Arianna Robbins, left, listens to orders from junior Stephany Fournier, who was playing the part of an army general within an East German command center at the school. Stephany ordered swift punishment for enemies of the state.
OSPREY - Stephany Fournier, an 11th-grader at Pine View School, did not want to punish her fellow classmates, but it had to be done. They defied the law."I'm normally a nice person, but I have to be really firm with these people," Stephany said. "They must come in, sit down and write this line on paper, front and back."The line: "I will serve the glorious East German state better."The students copied it repeatedly after watching a propaganda film depicting the evils of Western culture.The drill was part of a history lesson taken to an elaborate level Tuesday at Pine View, where Stephany and the rest of the 2,000 students participated in an interactive lesson commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago...