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Before teachers try to teach kids about racism maybe they need their own lessons on how to teach racism - hint: this isn't it
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Another school under fire tonight for a Black History month exercise gone wrong.

This time it's Shepherd Elementary in Northwest D.C., where a kindergarten skit had youngsters split into black and white groups, with children allegedly encouraged to say, "we don't like black people."

The kindergarten teacher had the youngsters re-enacting a civil rights era lunch counter protest. The children split into black and white groups, with white children refusing to serve coffee to black children. "May we order some coffee?" reads a script. "No, get out of here."

On an app the teacher uses to communicate with parents, reaction was swift: "I'm not sure about the skit," wrote one parent. "Splitting the kids up by race and having them play antagonistic roles based on their race might be causing some confusion, and risks creating division where none existed before." "Whoa. I had no idea they were being divided this way and doing a skit," wrote another.

"I think it's unconstructive and unhealthy for 5-year-olds to role play racial antagonism against their classmates or be on the receiving end of that," wrote a third. "And I don't think that's in the spirit of celebrating Black History Month."..................….

teaching what we already know!
brilliant
how has no one thought of this before
maybe for women's history month, have the boys stare at the girls' chests all month

OTOH in decades to come maybe one of these kids can be the 1st lady of a state governor and make the black kids hold/pick cotton
 
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The work sheet asked fifth-graders to think like colonial traders, deciding how much they’d charge for bushels of grain, bags of apples and jars of turpentine.

Human beings were the final “product” needing a dollar value.

“Set your price for a slave,” the four-page paper instructed, leaving a blank for children’s picks. It added a hint: “These could be worth a lot.”...........

 
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Happy Black History Month
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A "small group" of teachers have been placed on leave in Wisconsin after a class of sixth-graders were asked how they would punish a slave during an online assignment.
The Sun Prairie Area School District apologized to parents for the "grave error" after complaints were made about the question posed on the first day of Black History Month.
The assignment asked the students at Patrick Marsh Middle School how they would punish a slave who had "disrespected his master by telling him, 'You are not my master!'"
The question notes that under Hammurabi's Code, a set of ancient laws from Mesopotamia times, the slave would be put to death...............

Teachers Suspended For Asking Children How They Would Punish Slaves in Class Assignment (newsweek.com)

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I'm flipping it a bit. I'm not posting the questions, but I thought this assignment was pretty thoughtful for the freshmen to think about. It's based on this short article and I think some other source material.


Is survival selfish?

They were given 8 prompt questions to write a paragraph or so on each.
 
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In a famous mountain-climbing accident chronicled in the book and documentary Touching the Void, climber Simon Yates was attempting to rope his already-injured friend Joe Simpson down a mountain in bad weather when the belay went awry. Simpson ended up hanging off a cliff, unable to climb up, and Yates, unable to lift him up and losing his own grip on the mountain, ended up cutting the rope to Simpson to save himself. Miraculously, Simpson survived the 100 foot fall and eventually made his way down the mountain. But Yates was criticized by some for his survival decision, even though the alternative would have almost certainly led to both of their deaths.

that had to be one hell of an awkward conversation afterwards
 

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And this is why if I'm ever in charge of that it'll be me and 7 dogs on that space ship.
 

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I'm flipping it a bit. I'm not posting the questions, but I thought this assignment was pretty thoughtful for the freshmen to think about. It's based on this short article and I think some other source material.


Is survival selfish?

They were given 8 prompt questions to write a paragraph or so on each.
We go down those rabbit holes in debate - we’ll have mock rounds like “is breathing selfish”
they can be fun
 

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We go down those rabbit holes in debate - we’ll have mock rounds like “is breathing selfish”
they can be fun
What is your name, and how do you know it's yours?

What's bigger, a ghost or an electron?

Edit: hmmm, that might make for some interesting g threads.
 
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A North Carolina school system apologized after racist hashtags by 4th graders were displayed on a classroom Twitter wall as part of a Civil War assignment.

“It should be deeply disturbing to anyone,” Kimberly Morrison-Hansley, a member of the Union County NAACP chapter, told The Charlotte Observer on Saturday.

The students were assigned to write tweets and hashtags that people living in North Carolina during the Civil War might have written if Twitter existed back then, Morrison-Hansley said.

Students came up with such hashtags as “Slavery for Life,” according to a photo of the Twitter wall in a now-deleted post on the Waxhaw Elementary School Facebook page, WJZY reported.

“@dontStopSlavery,” read a post on the Twitter wall, “you may not agree with slavery but I do and I’m honest about it.”

Morrison-Hansley called the assignment inappropriate for children so young. She is a former member of the county Board of Education and the first Black woman elected to the board.

She said the Twitter wall lacked context, so it appeared as if the students were spouting the racist comments, not expressing what they thought people during the war might have tweeted.................

4th graders’ racist hashtags in Civil War lesson decried | Charlotte Observer
 

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