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Teacher Lesson Return to "Doing Time in the Waiting Room"
Doing Time in the Waiting Room
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Lesson for “Doing Time in the Waiting Room”

Is This Any Way to Run a Court?

Finally, in “Doing Time in the Waiting Room,” p. 14, Alene Taylor describes the chaos of the waiting room at family court. Parents and children argue and sometimes fight, the waits are endless, and there are no activities to occupy the kids. An accompanying article on p. 15 describes how family court in California is client-friendly, housed in a beautiful space with lots of activities for the kids. And, unlike in New York, the youth get to speak directly to the judge in the privacy of her chambers.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

—Did you have a similar experience in the family court waiting room to the one Alene describes? If so, what impact did it have on you?
—Alene thinks there should be activities in the waiting room to keep the children occupied. List three other changes you would make in the way the waiting room is run.
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