In northeastern Ore. a school district states that an extra-curricular class called "zombie survival skills" at one of its middle schools is no longer going to be offered. The class is being replaced by an "exploratory reading class." This announcement came out on March 20, 2013. It seems that Superintendent Fred Maiocco was unaware of the Hermiston School District’s zombie class until he read about its popularity in a newspaper article.
Fred Maiocco says he "couldn't believe that would actually be a class." This Walking Dead class left some parents questioning the educational value of the class and they have expressed concerns over its potentially violent subject matter. Rich Harshberger, a social studies teacher, says that his class mainly focused on survival skills and that it included both reading and writing components.
Aside from the classes focus being on zombies, in this day and age, is a survival class really that bad of an idea? The likelihood of a Walking Dead type zombie apocalypse is very small but the show does make you think about survival in a strange situation. Unlike other countries, we have not had war and the type of chaos that war creates here on our land in a very long time. It seems logical that a class like this be available and the theme of zombies would certainly get the students interested in it.
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