A “Lesson” in Learning About Slavery

A lesson in history has brought about a touchy subject. In Gahanna, Ohio a teacher decided to have black students play the role of slaves in a dramatization about slavery. Aneka Burton, the mother of a fifth grader says was upset that her 10 yr old son was asked to play a slave for the  social studies lesson. 

10-year-old Nikko Burton explains how the students playing “masters” were told to examine the students playing “slaves”.

The principal has apologized for what happened, saying no harm was intended. Burton says she appreciates the apology, but feels the exercise was inappropriate.

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  • Sarah

    This was very inappropriate…You will not find them re-enacting the Jewish Holocaust for a history lesson with jewish children, why should we put up with this foolish and disgusting behavior from people who’re supposed to know better? That teacher, principal and school didtrict owns this child and his parents an apology….

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