Social Triage: High School Assignment Asks Students to Decide Who Should Live and Who Should Die Because of Limited HealthcareSubmitted by RobHino on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:38
A group of high school freshman in Illinois were reportedly required to determine who would live and who would die in a chilling class assignment that school officials say was nothing more than a lesson in social bias. However, critics argue it sounded more like a lesson in death panels.
The assignment, reportedly administered by the sociology unit at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, involved a fictional group of 10 individuals who are all in desperate need of kidney dialysis. If they don’t get the treatment, “they will die,” the lesson reads.
“But there’s a problem,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports. “The local hospital only has enough machines to support six patients.”
The next part of the assignment is down-right haunting.
“That means four people are not going to live. You must decide from the information below which six will survive,” it states.