Sunday, April 10, 2011

You might want to rethink your lesson plans...

It amazes me how so many teachers across the country seem to lack basic common sense. A middle school teacher in Norfolk, Virginia apparently thought it was a good idea to take the black and mixed race students in her class and "auction" them off during a lesson on the Civil War. I can't imagine how this could possibly go wrong...

NORFOLK (AP) — A Norfolk school principal has apologized for a classroom activity last week in which a teacher staged a mock auction of black and mixed-race students as part of a Civil War history lesson.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Sewells Point Elementary School Principal Mary B. Wrushen wrote the students' parents this week to say that while the teacher's actions were well-intended, "the activity presented was inappropriate for the students." She said the activity was not supported by the school or division.

Division spokeswoman Elizabeth Thiel Mather said the teacher separated black and mixed-race fourth-graders from their white classmates and auctioned them. She said the division was taking "appropriate personnel action."

There was a boy in Arkansas who wouldn't listen to his ma
When she told him that he should go to school
He'd sneak away in the afternoon, take a little walk and pretty soon
You'd find him at the local auction barn...


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