Liberal Guilt: High School Seniors Taught to Empathize With the Homeless

Susan Jones
By Susan Jones | October 24, 2011 | 9:13 AM EDT

( - High school is supposed to be a stepping-stone to success, but dozens of students in Baltimore learned a lesson about failure over the weekend.

Seventy-six high school seniors spent Saturday night learning what it's like to be poor and homeless: "We learned that life is not fair," the Baltimore Sun quoted one student as saying.

The newspaper said the students "listened to speakers describe what it is like to live on the streets," then they "answered hypothetical questions about how they would pay for food and shelter and deal with what organizers called the 'wild cards' of life."

The students also spent the night in near a soup kitchen, in makeshift shelters they made themselves out of cardboard boxes.

One young man -- an Eagle Scout -- won an award for the "most creative" cardboard shelter, the newspaper said. This same young man told the Baltimore Sun he works at a grocery store and sometimes buys food for homeless people who sleep in the area.

Perhaps homeless people could learn something from successful young people who study, work and achieve the highest rank in Scouting? But it appears the lesson went only one way: Anyone can become homeless.

"I learned that you don't necessarily have to come from a bad background," one student told the newspaper.

The article suggests that some of the students may have returned home feeling a little guilty about their own fortunate situations. "I realized how spoiled I am," another student was quoted as saying.

The event, called Baltimore Sleep Out, was sponsored by Catholic Charities and another group as a way to help young people better understand poverty -- and "inspire them to advocate for the homeless," the Sun reported.

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