Parent Guide > Letter from Mary Mallon: On Being 'Typhoid Mary'
Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.
This week in class, we’re reading "Letter from Mary Mallon: On Being 'Typhoid Mary'" by Mary Mallon.
In the early 1900s, an Irish immigrant cook was accused of infecting dozens of her clients with typhoid fever - although she herself had no symptoms - and quarantined against her will until her death.
As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Justice, Freedom & Equality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :
"Which is more important: freedom or security?"
Ways to support your child:
Ask your child about this letter at home:
- What was "Letter from Mary Mallon: On Being 'Typhoid Mary'" about?
- What did you learn about Justice, Freedom & Equality?
- Watch Rep. Schiff on CNN: Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Was Rash and Ill-Considered at home with your child.