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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