A private Christian school in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is under fire after asking its fourth-grade class to lay out three “good” reasons for slavery.
Monday, Jan. 8, found the students at Wauwatosa, Wisconsin’s Our Redeemer Lutheran School under fire after causing quite a controversial stir on campus. Fourth-grade students were asked by their teacher to lay out three “good” reasons for slavery as part of a homework assignment, which triggered some scathing comments from the black parental community.
Trameka Brown-Berry, who has a nine-year-old son in the class, told the local Fox 6 network that she was in “shock” over the “highly offensive and insensitive” assignment. “I couldn’t believe they sent something like that home,” Brown-Berry said. “Not only was my son in an awful position, but the students who weren’t black — that’s what keeps racism going.”
Her Facebook post of the homework instantly went viral.
“I feel there is no good reason for slavery that’s why I did not write [anything],” her son answered in the homework. Principal Jim Van Dellen sent a letter to parents with an apology and said that the teacher didn’t properly describe the task to students. “We understand that, as presented, the words used showed a lack of sensitivity and were offensive,” Van Dellen wrote. “The purpose of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that any slavery is acceptable — a concept that goes against our core values and beliefs about the equality and worth of all races.”
Instead, the school and its faculty were under the belief that the assignment would spark debate in the class. Nice try, guys, but that seems to be a stretch that a group of kids learning about racism and enslavement in America would be ready (or even willing) to debate such mature subject matter like that. Since the controversy has sparked outrage, the “good reasons for slavery” debate has been pulled from the curriculum.Brown-Berry met with the principal and shared that he agreed to mandate “cultural diversity / cultural competency inservice [training for faculty] to prevent this from happening again.
Source: Huffington Post