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Lesson Plan Changes at Stephen Decatur Middle School


BERLIN, Md. - A controversial class activity will no longer be a part of the lesson plan for 7th and 8th graders at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Worcester County.  Students at the school were making clay models of human reproductive organs. 

Emily Goss has a son at Stephen Decatur Middle School and she believe students creating reproductive organ models was not the best approach to teaching anatomy.

"They could actually have models like doctor's office have.  Pre-made ones.  But having the kids make them themselves is a little much," said Goss of Ocean Pines.

School officials say the purpose of the students creating the models in class was to bring a different dynamic to health education.

"You have all different kinds of learners.  There was a pre-test that's done, so based on that pre-test, the teacher moved forward with that strategy so the students could see it and be a part of that lesson as opposed to a standard worksheet," said Principal Lynne Barton.

The lesson was part of the Family Life and Human Development program for 7th and 8th grade students.  Katherine Whaley is a parent and retired teacher and said she sees why it was used in the classroom.

"Whatever examples they can bring in, that the school system allows is ok with me because they need to know," said Whaley of Berlin.

The principal tells WBOC that the school will be working with the Worcester County Health coordinator to review the curriculum and lesson plans to determine if any other changes are necessary.


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