Oregon school cancels zombie survival classes, ensures students will be eaten

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Armand Larive Middle School had what is perhaps the greatest junior high social studies class ever: Zombie Survival Skills. But the killjoy parents and administrators put the kibosh on the post-apocalyptic class, feeling that undead studies were not appropriate for growing minds.

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The East Oregonian reported on Rich Harshberger's zombie survival classes at Armand Larive earlier this week, a class that focused largely on real-world survival skills and also had a reading and writing component. Apparently, parents were a bit surprised to learn the school was teaching a class with such a violent subject matter—as was school Superintendent Fred Maiocco. The class was quickly canceled, to be replaced by an "exploratory reading" class led by Harshberger.

I don't know how much of the class focused on weaponry (the above image is of a zombie-killing class from the movie Fido), but all joking aside, framing a class in terms of the zombie apocalypse does sound like a cool way to get kids interested in survival skills like foraging, compass reading, and the like. And an exploratory reading class won't necessarily mean that the kids won't be reading about gory undead monsters.

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Hermiston district cancel 'zombie survival skills' class for middle schoolers [Oregon Live via Geekosystem]

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With all this talk about zombies are a jumping off point for emergency survival classes, all I can think about is that zombie survival lessons is not really applicable to real disaster survival except for the basic morals of gather living supplies/be aware of your surroundings/be creative.

Zombie survival (in fiction at least) is often predicated on exploiting the quirks in zombie physiology/psychology, which is not applicable to real disasters. It has a large component based on violence, which is not applicable either (with the exception of DOUBLE TAP, I guess). And it tells you nothing about the real survival tips (like how to recognize that a tsunami is coming, what kind of clouds can produce tornadoes, and how to survive in a broken down car in the winter). And Zombie survival often stresses about surviving in the long term, which might encourage lone-wolfing, instead of cooperating and helping each other survive during the week before UN disaster relief comes.