How is a courtroom like a classroom? The two may not seem related – but as Patricia Evridge Hill writes in the new issue of Academe, they are more alike than you might think. While serving as the foreperson of a jury recently, Hill realized that the eleven other members of her group had a lot in common with a small college seminar. And, after all, the job of both the academic and the member of the jury is to look through evidence in search of truth.
So Hill approached the organization of the jury just like a college discussion section – splitting into groups of three to discuss each member’s view of the case, and challenging people to question which parts of the evidence were most reliable. To read the entire article (and find out if the defendant was found guilty or not guilty!) head over to the AAUP website.