GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) -
The sudden death of a beloved teacher has closed a local school.
Grand Blanc High School is closed Friday due to the death of high school English teacher Ms. La'Rhonda Gowdy.
Details of her death have not been released.
The district is bringing in grief counselors for students until 3 p.m. on Friday.Posts on Facebook show that Ms. Gowdy was part of a Peer Mediation class. http://www.wnem.com/story/31847571/teac ... z47EP4gYdo
What, exactly, is a "Peer Mediation class"?
If it's what I think it is, we had that too- it was called the "bike racks", and it was where peers "mediated" out their issues.
Example- Joe pushes Paul in the hallway, for no reason. Paul knows he needs to retaliate lest he becomes a punk. But there are teachers present. So Paul tells Joe to meet at the bike racks after school. Word spreads among classmates there is a fight a'fixin. Joe and Paul have a meeting of the minds and fists and even if Paul loses the fight, he establishes himself as someone who won't be pushed around. Respect is earned and the social hierarchy is further strengthened.
Now I know things are different these days, but the fact is the old school method did well prepare us for the Lord of the Flies world that is the workplace, something I'm not so sure can be said for "peer mediation".