How many slave’s hands are tied in this photo? That’s right, how many slaves are tied in this photo? I could not believe an article that I read this evening about Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, GA that incorporated slavery into math problems for third graders. WTH? Let me give you a preview of an actual problem sent home, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?” I truly find this hard to believe in 2012.
The explanation given for this poor judgement is that teachers are encouraged to mix subjects. I buy that; however, who is teaching students about beatings, picking oranges and cotton and anything else associated with slavery and finds it acceptable. I know that slavery was a way of life in the south and many still have a slavery mentality, but teaching it in our schools. As far as I’m concerned, the teachers should have been be fired. The principal has agreed to sensitivity training, but is that enough? These teachers are college educated, but obviously have no common sense. That’s dangerous. People with no common sense lack judgement and that soon leads to disaster.
We wonder why the American school system is in the sad state that it is currently in. We have our answer! What’s your thoughts on this gross error? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.