To teach eighth-grade class about slavery, Calif. school binds students’ wrists, puts them in dark room

To teach eighth-grade class about slavery, Calif. school binds students’ wrists, puts them in dark room
Child slave, West Africa (Image: UNICEF)

[Ed. – Did that include black students? And, if so, what was the reaction of their parents?]

Teachers at Whitney High School in Cerritos, California, taught students about the slave trade by taping their wrists and forcing them to lie down in a dark room.

And they wonder why more and more parents home school?

The Huffington Post reported:

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What is the right way to teach kids about the American slave trade? And when should a parent have a say?

For one mother of three, this question is at the center of an ongoing conflict she says she is having with administrators at Whitney High School in Cerritos, California. Shardé Carrington, 31, posted a Facebook message Monday to open up a dialogue about a disturbing history lesson she says was being taught to her son’s eighth-grade class.

According to Carrington, a teacher sent an email on Sept. 5 with the subject heading “Unique Learning Experience” to inform parents of an upcoming exercise that would supposedly expose students to the horrors of slavery. The lesson would involve the teachers acting as “slave ship captains” and students as slaves.

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