A School-Business Partnership
Cybrary Man wrote career education curriculum
for Open Doors in New York City in the 1970's and 1980's. This
organization helped the students in the New York City schools learn
about the economy, what makes the city function and what
possibilities existed for them.
Open Doors encouraged businesses to open their
doors to students through company tours, speakers, part-time jobs,
internships, the loan of transportation for class trips, and any other
approach that broke down the isolation of schools.
My wife was in charge of the very successful
“Lawyers in the Classroom Program.” This program not only had lawyers
speak to students but provided trips to the court system. Cybrary Man
is grateful to Open Doors for starting his writing career.
I used to take classes to the courtrooms.
Every judge used to stop the trial procedure as we entered the
courtroom, introduce us, have the attorneys explain who they were,
etc. At the break the judge would speak to the children and
usually state: "This is the first and last time I want to see any of
you in my courtroom!" The judge would explain to the students
what they had seen and then answer any of their questions. Then
the judge's secretary would give the students a talk about not getting
involved in drugs or other criminal activities. Each time it was an
outstanding experience. This was all arranged through Open