Missouri teacher asks students to 'set your price' for slaves in 'culturally insensitive' assignment

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A Mehlville School District social studies teacher was placed on administrative leave after she apparently asked her students to consider what they'd charge for slaves, prompting the NAACP to ask for a public apology. A Missouri teacher was placed on administrative leave Monday after asking students to put a price on slaves as part of a "culturally insensitive" assignment, school officials said. The unidentified teacher at Blades Elementary School, located in St. Louis, gave a class of fifth-grade students the assignment last week. It read: "You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers. You begin to get involved in the slave trade industry and have slaves work on your farm. Your product to trade is slaves. You may trade for any items you'd like."


Draw Yourself As A Slave, Texas Student's Homework Says

International Business Times

The parents of a seventh-grade student in Austin, Texas, were alarmed by a question on their 12-year-old daughter's homework assignment that instructed her to draw a slave.


Wisconsin School Asked 4th Graders 3 Good Reasons For Slavery, Faces Backlash

International Business Times

Administrators at Our Redeemer Lutheran High School, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, apologized for an assignment that they gave to 4th Grader students asking them to write "3 'good' reasons for slavery and 3 bad reasons."


Native Americans Called 'Red Men' On Homework, Parents Blast Racist Assignment

International Business Times

Parents were alarmed to see a homework assignment distributed to students at Stonegate Elementary School in West Sacramento, California, that referred to Native Americans as "red men," which is an outdated racist term.


Homework Banned In Marion County Public Schools As Study Finds It Affects Students' Performance And Health

International Business Times

Elementary schools in Marion County, Florida will no longer burden students with hours of homework starting next school year, announced Superintendent Heidi Maier on Wednesday. The decision was taken following findings that traditional homework does more harm to students' health than good. Instead of having a traditional system of homework, teachers will encourage parents to get more involved in their children's studies and help them select the kind of books they would wish to read at home. "Traditional homework as we know it will disappear," Maier said in a voice message to parents. "We'd like you to assist your child in self-selecting their own texts that inspire them and encourage them to read.