Fourth-grade history book banned from classroom for claiming some slaves treated like family

Fourth-grade history book banned from classroom for claiming some slaves treated like family
Image: "The Connecticut Adventure" via The Hour

Norwalk public school officials will yank hundreds of social studies books from fourth grade classrooms across the district in January after a mother raised concerns over the book teaching her fourth grade daughter that slaves in Connecticut were cared for like family members.

The concerns with the book, “The Connecticut Adventure,” were raised to district officials Nov. 29 and prompted an immediate internal review of its use and how it addressed slavery in the state, district officials said.

Less than a week later, officials announced they would cease use of the book in classrooms by Jan. 3, 2017, calling the content in the textbook about slavery “inaccurate,” “simplistic” and “offensive to many.”

“The portion of the textbook minimizes the impact and implications of slavery from the perspective of many constituents in the Norwalk community,” said Michael T. Conner, Chief Academic Officer for Norwalk Public Schools, in a letter addressed to parents and guardians of the district’s fourth grade students.

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