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."
A head teacher says he is "sorry" if homework asking pupils to define types of hardcore pornography led them to undertake inappropriate web searches. The work was given to children, aged 11 to 14, at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull, the Hull Daily Mail reported. Principal Chay Bell stressed the assignment did not require internet research as the answers were in the material the pupils were sent. Leon Dagon was "flabbergasted" when he saw his 13-year-old sister's homework. The work is part of pupils' Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) learning, the school said.