« on: December 19, 2008, 06:51:58 PM »
Meh. The only problem I see is that she used only black children. She should've mixed it up.ITA! Sometimes people are hypersensitive about the wrong stuff!
So call me hypersensitive but I do find it slightly more offensive than you guys seem to. It was just in poor taste any way you look at it. Are they going to be scarred for life? Maybe not that serious but you know some kids will take anything and make even bigger in their minds causing a lower self esteem.
I hear your point. Just to be clear (b/c I don't think I was) -- I wasn't referring to you being hypersensitive. I moreso meant the way people react to slavery in this country. Fact is, most teachers don't even bother to really teach about slavery in a way that helps children fully understand the inhumanity of the institution. Too often kids get a whitewashed version of slavery with a passing nod to Harriet Tubman and probably twice the time on Lincoln. I appreciate a teacher that wants to help kids understand what that experience might really have been like. (Of course, I think it's first the parent's job to do that, but I bet 1 out of 10 black parents don't even try to do this.) Anywho, that's not to say that the teacher handled this 100% correctly. Had I been in her position, I would have communicated clearly with parents about the goals of the lessons and the kinds of activities we'd do. More importantly, I would have explained things clearly to the kids so that they could make an informed choice of whether to volunteer to participate or not. But I definitely would not have required two black students to be the slaves. That simply is not necessary for the success of the lesson and, in fact, it might have subtly undermined it. ymmv