Unfortunately, we are reading more and more stories like these where teachers are giving students questionably assignments based on race and racial issues. In the most recent story that has gone public, a South Carolina teacher created a questionable homework assignment that has many parents seeing red.
The fifth-grade teacher told her students that for homework she wanted them to imagine that they were members of the Ku Klux Klan and explain why their racism would be justified. In the next question on the homework assignment, she asked her students to imagine that they were freed slaves and to describe why there were or were not satisfied with their new life. After one student’s uncle saw the assignment, he took to social media, sharing a picture of the Oak Pointe Elementary School work.
Although the unidentified teacher, who has been employed by the Lexington Richmond School District Five for 12 years, has been placed on administrative leave, has the damage already been done?
The school district released a statement in regards to the matter. Following is the text form that statement as printed in The New York Post
“School District Five is taking this matter very seriously. We have been in communication and will continue to be in communication with families to let them know our actions and next steps. We must teach the standard, but we are taking steps to ensure this particular assignment will never be used again in District Five schools. We understand the seriousness of this matter particularly in light of the events taking place in our country at this time. We want to ensure that our students, parents, staff and community know that we are giving this matter our full attention.”
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