Black Parenting : Black Children being auctioned off in mock slave auction

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Black Students 'Sold' at Mock Slave Auction
Fourth Grade Teacher Auctions Black and Mixed-Race Students for Civil War Lesson


By KRISTINA BERGESS

Trying to bring a Civil War lesson to life, history teacher Jessica Boyle turned her Norfolk, Va., fourth grade classroom into a slave auction April 1. Black and mixed-race students at Sewells Point Elementary School, who make up 40 percent of the class, were separated from the rest of the students and auctioned as part of an instructional unit on the Civil War.

School Principal Mary Wrushen became aware of the simulation when the school received two parent complaints. "Why is it uneasy? Because I'm an African-American. I could imagine being in school and basically made fun of in front of everybody," Jacole Graves, parent of a Sewells Point student, told ABC affiliate WFTV 9.

"Parents contacted the school principal to indicate their concerns about the lesson, and that prompted the principal to investigate and issue the attached letter to all parents in the classroom," said Norfolk Public Schools spokeswoman Karen Tanner.

The Norfolk Public School curriculum, which follows the standards set by the Virginia Department of Education, promotes integrating visual and oral text presentations. But Boyle's mock Civil War slave auction was not part of the approved curriculum.

"There are policies in place to prevent inappropriate lesson plans," said Norfolk Public Schools spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather. "The teacher in this case did not present the lesson plan to the principal for review."

"Although her actions were well intended to meet the instructional objectives, the activity presented was inappropriate for the students," Wrushen wrote in a letter to parents.

Boyle's attempt to dramatize a lesson on slavery and the Civil War was perhaps related to the fact that Sewells Point Elementary was named for one of Virginia's earliest Civil War battles, the Battle of Sewells Point, in 1861.

Wrushen said, however, that "The lesson could have been thought through more carefully as to not offend her students or put them in an uncomfortable situation."

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cherryblossom

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And this same thing happened less than a month ago in Ohio.


Mock Slave Auction: Ohio Student Humiliated in Class
By: Erin E. Evans | Posted: March 5, 2011


Nikko Burton, a 10-year-old student at Chapelfield Elementary in Ohio, says he was humiliated by his teacher when she tried to demonstrate what it was like to be a slave on an auction block. Burton, one of two black students in his class, was chosen to be a slave. Students who were the "masters" inspected the "slaves" to see if they would be able workers.

"The masters got to touch people and do all sorts of stuff," Nikko said. "They got to look in your mouth and feel your legs and stuff and see if you're strong and stuff."

.....http://www.theroot.com/buzz/mock-slave-auction-ohio-student-humiliated-class
 

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