Ohio school sorry for making black student 'slave'

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    Mother of 10-year-old says her son refused to take part in simulated slave auction

    School sorry for making black student 'slave' - U.S. news - Life - Race & ethnicity - msnbc.com

    updated 1 hour 43 minutes ago 2011-03-04T14:57:21

    GAHANNA, Ohio — The mother of a black Ohio fifth grader assigned to play a slave for a social studies lesson says the school should be more sensitive.

    Principal Scott Schmidt of Chapelfield Elementary in Gahanna called Aneka Burton to apologize for what happened to her son, Nikko, on Wednesday. Columbus station WBNS-TV reports Schmidt said no harm was intended.

    Ten-year-old Nikko says the class was randomly divided into "masters" and "slaves" and that the only other black student got to be a master. Burton says her son refused to take part in a simulated slave auction and was sent back to his desk.

    Burton says she appreciates the apology, but the exercise was inappropriate.

    The school district said in a statement Thursday that officials acted promptly once the concern was raised.

    It's short, so that's the whole story.

    I went through the same thing. But I was in 7th / 8th grade mix. It was very very odd, you could cut the tension with a knife. so as kids we acted out, trying to kill time to the bell, and everytime the teacher regained discapline, it got very tense.

    doing this to 5th graders is just foolish at best, but to me that's cruel.
     
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    Let me guess: Public School.
     
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    And then they wonder why we have to have reform in the class room. Not more money, new rules.
    How stupid!
     
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    That would be my guess.

    But when I did it, I was in Catholic school.

    Ok

    This is not something everyone had to do at some point?

    And my teacher was nuts to put us through that.
     
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    Catholic School. Accckkkkkkk!!!!!!!!! :eek:

    Pretty stupid stuff. We never did this when I was in school, although that was a long, long time ago.
     
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    That was in pretty poor taste.
     
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    The schools I went to never did this because if they did, all hell would have broke loose.
     
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    The students will remember much much better if they just read the textbook.
     
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    It was within a couple of years after the tv movie 'Roots' came out. And the teacher was young, and clearly full of something.

    As far as Catholic school goes, I was sent b/c the honor student at the local public HS couldn't pass college entrance exams.
     

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