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."
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.