Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Erin Aulfinger (Central High School)
In a Central High School class last February students in learned their classroom lessons by taking care of eggs for an entire week.
This Honors Practical Law class is intended for seniors considering a career in law and others who are interested in their own standing within the legal system. History teacher Amy Working wrote the curriculum.
For one week, these teens had to care for one or more eggs with a partner. The eggs were designated male or female, single or twin. Because of this, some students who planned on having two eggs ended up with four.
Such assignments as parenting plans, budgets, and full names for each “child” were completed the first day. The following, students brought in beds they would carry these eggs in and received the fragile infants.
Some of the creative names included Coco Chanel, Ajax, Gymnasium, and Suzie B—short for Susanna Beyoncé.
Students were warned that loss of a child would make their daily grades 25 points smaller. Cracks would be circled and mark off 10 points. If any abuse or deaths were discovered during the school day, Department of Child Services letters were dispersed.
The amount of care students gave their egg “children” varied.
Alex Gephart decided to use a shock-resistant camping carton for his two children, a decision which resulted in one of his eggs breaking while being tossed around. One couple broke an egg in the teacher’s classroom, then came back the next week without any eggs whatsoever. Another mysteriously broke Suzie B between check-ins.
On occasion, eggs were left at home or stuck with sick students. One couple, Treyoun Thompson and Daniel Allen, lost the latter half for three days when he broke his hand. Another student was absent the first day of the project and ended up a “single father.”
Besides the not-so-good mistakes, shenanigans about foster care, habitat misplacement and face-drawing took place. Andrew Brunson offered to house his three eggs in his shoe, then came in the next day with an egg carton plastered with images of baked eggs and recipes. This couple went on to pretend to drop their eggs in front of Working, making the classroom miraculously silent for several minutes.
On the last day, Jeremy Bronner played a practical joke on his partner Vikita Clifton, tossing his egg’s bed like a football then claiming he left the eggs at home. He later conjured them up from thin air.
Nearly every egg ended up with a face Sharpied on. Kristian Bernal made his daughter raise her eyebrow, and some drew blocky glasses or clustered freckles.
Many “parents” grew attached to their “children”, even purchasing miniature clothing for them and acquiring babysitters. The project may seem silly, but it is perfected to truly teach future parents and caretakers how they should treat their children and the possible consequences of not caring and performing your responsibilities.