(this will come in two parts due to character limit) well, i can say that persona dolls can be used in many different types of classrooms, especially special ed. they can be beneficial to teaching about social cues, etc., so maybe having a more directed audience (i.e. special ed/counseling dept.) would be beneficial, not every teacher. and for the part that the writer gripes about taking time away from kids - we are legally bound to teach for a certain number of days. any days taken for things like this do not count on the educational calendar, so kids don't lose any learning time for this.