Can I Copy Your Homework -- and Represent You in Court?

A new breed of school tries to teach students about the adult world by re-creating society in the hallways -- complete with fake money, tax returns and a justice system

THE THREE STUDENTS WHO STOLE A suitcase filled with cash from Sarah Edwards' classroom closet were pretty sure they had pulled a fast one. Granted, the cash was fake, but Edwards and her pupils had been using the money to learn some basic lessons in economics. Now, instead of studying supply and demand, the class was busy congratulating the thieves on their daring raid. Edwards' response? She held an auction -- only ersatz dollars allowed. The students' admiration swiftly evaporated as boxes of candy and toys went on the block and the pirates began buying up everything in sight. More effective...

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