The most notable thing about Julia McEvoy's pre-Christmas segment on the Sherman Elementary School experiment (Sherman Elementary School Update) -- besides the fact that she managed to beat out several other reporters who are also planning to write about the school -- is that it depicts tensions in schools and among teachers about how much time and effort is required to "socialize" the kids.
Kids who aren't used to discipline or even being called on to do their homework often push back hard against it. But that's not the most challenging part. Teachers like those who were attracted to Sherman -- NBC and otherwise -- don't usually think of themselves as policemen, and you can hear the frustration and growing resentment among some of the teachers in this audio segment at the fact they're not getting to teach.
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