The official fourth grade curriculum in the Los Angeles school system includes one exercise in which students pair up, one of them puts on a blindfold, and the other hands them things, and they describe the things, in order to learn about using all of their senses and whatnot. PERFECTLY REASONABLE. But administrators have now cancelled that exercise for good. Why?
The blindfolding of students attracted notice after the January arrest of Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt, who has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of lewd conduct for allegedly photographing students blindfolded and being spoon-fed his semen.