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Special Assignment (Death and Dying: Learning About Death) #114737

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Oradell, New Jersey: Bonnie Strauss) Issue of teaching about death and dying in high school classrms. featured; details given, scenes shown. [Teacher Robert STEVENSON, STUDENTS - discuss issue of death.] Opposition to teaching about death from some parents noted. [Ex-school board president Janice RINKS - says issue should be dealt with in family.] [Teacher Annetta HENDRICKSON - responds.] [Student Julie YEAGER - talks about father's recent death and trip to crematorium.] [Clinical professor of psychiatry Dr. Lee SALK - explains delicacy of teaching subject.] Issues of children's vulnerability and absence of training for many teachers reported [Parent Margaret BOESEK - says teachers not trained to be therapists.] [Parent Frank RETTIG - says son's learning about death in class may have contributed to his suicide.] [Flora RETTIG - says school is telling kids anything goes.] [STEVENSON - says problems never made worse by talking about them.] [Student Wendy NELSON - says class made death easier to talk about.] Debate over who should teach children about death reiterated.

Donaldson, Sam;
Strauss, Bonnie

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