'Good reasons for slavery' homework triggers backlash at Christian school
14 January, 2018, 12:52 | Author: Regina Silva
The school in question is Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Milwaukee city of Wisconsin where an English teacher asked students of fourth grade to list "three good reasons for slavery" as an assignment.
School principal Jim Van Dellen says the assignment was meant to spark debate in class but admits it was out of line. According to him, the teacher did not assign the assignment with malice and that the main goal of it was to spark debate in English class.
"We understand that, as presented, the words used showed a lack of sensitivity and were offensive", he wrote.
Andrea Michel, with Safe Place Meeting Group, said: 'And for it to be a Christian school, they could have said something like, "What are three good things we can do to prevent slavery from happening?"'
When Brown-Berry's son Jerome handed in his homework he wrote, "I feel there is no good reason for slavery".
The assignment was originally posted online Monday night by a parent, Trameka Brown-Berry, who captioned an image of the worksheet "Does anyone else find my 4th grader's homework offensive?" "It's highly offensive and insensitive", parent Trameka Brown-Berry said.
Later Brown-Berry posted a message, saying that she had spoken to the school principal and that the teacher apologized to the class. The 9-year-old also finished the assignment by saying, "I am proud to be black because we are strong and fearless". "The bigotry and anti-diversity feelings in this country lead people to believe it's OK to act like that", Goodson said, USA Today reported.
Brown-Berry said she has set a good example for her son. In a letter addressed to parents, he said that lesson was no longer part of the curriculum, and that the lesson was not "clearly explained to students and their parents". That is how you go about change.
"The school's principal, Jim Van Dellen, did not release any statement to reporters but did admit that the assignment was totally out of line and "[.] was not, in any way, to have students argue that any slavery is acceptable". "Speak up. Tell your story", she told Fox 6.
Meanwhile, the identity of the teacher has not been disclosed and it's unclear whether the teacher was disciplined.
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