DoctorStupid wrote:I'm sorry, this is screwed up as all hell if you ask me. I remember how unbelievably awkward it was for me in 8th grade trying to be socially accepted and act the right way in every situation so I didn't do anything to make myself look like an idiot. Forcing a kid to approach another kid of the same sex and ask them to kiss is putting that kid in an unbelievably uncomfortable situation...especially the shy ones and the ones who are already the subject of ridicule. You know damn well that the less popular kids were probably mocked later that day, "I bet Ben really wanted a kiss!"...crap like that. I can also guarantee you that none of those kids went through the role play and then thought, "Hmmm...I guess when someone of the same sex asks me to kiss them I should just say no. Thank goodness for this presentation!!!" They were probably all either giggling uncontrollably or beat red with embarrassment...either way they were focused on other things than the actual purpose of the exercise. I mean, for God's sake, explain it to them...you don't have to force them to act it out!
And as for the comments about the difference between flirting and just making out with someone you just met...I'm pretty sure those bar scene politics don't exist too often with 8th graders.
You're turning it into something it wasn't. I can 100% guarantee not every student was forced to do this. At best, a bunch of students were probably broken into groups of five or some number like that and two members from that group were asked to roleplay the scenario. And I can 100% guarantee if one of those students said "No," then they didn't and another student was asked too.
Also, no, you don't have to be trained professional to give seminars. I thought I responded to that but I must not have.
Also, Rockman, it's easy to say "They should just hire real people to do this" when we don't know the financial situation of the school. All we do know is that the state mandates they do some type of training, apparently. That doesn't always mean the state gives them money for it, which is a different can of worms in and of itself.