Kids' Mock Trial Program Teaches Debate, Public Speaking Skills

Kids in the gifted program at East Chester Elementary School in Henderson are learning debate skills and a little bit about the nation’s court system through performing mock trials of popular children’s stories such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Humpty Dumpty.” Their teacher, Belinda Anderson, says the effort teaches students to look at both sides of an argument with a balanced view, and gives them the opportunity to ask questions. The Jackson Sun reports that as part of the program, the fourth and fifth graders also visited the Chester County Courthouse where they heard a lecture on the judicial system from a criminal justice professor at Freed-Hardeman University.