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Tue Feb 2, 2021, 10:32 PM

Wis. Teachers Suspended After Lesson Asks Of Students: How To Punish A Slave?

WCCO-TV (Minneapolis CBS affiliiate), 2/2/21
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/02/02/wis-teachers-suspended-after-lesson-asks-of-students-how-to-punish-a-slave/

Administrators at a Wisconsin middle school said Monday they have suspended teachers who were involved in an activity for sixth graders that included a question about how the students would punish slaves.

An email to parents at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, about 15 miles from Madison, apologized for a “grave error in judgment” during the social studies class and said an unnamed number of teachers have been placed on administrative leave.

The lesson was meant to show the politics of ancient Mesopotamia and included one scenario that stated, ”A slave stands before you. This slave has disrespected his master by telling him ‘You are not my master’ How will you punish this slave?” It further explained that under Hammurabi’s Code the slave would be put to death.

... Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, said the assignment was “insensitive” and “totally inappropriate,” especially on the first day of Black History Month.

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Reply Wis. Teachers Suspended After Lesson Asks Of Students: How To Punish A Slave? (Original post)
progree Feb 2021 OP
Blue Owl Feb 2021 #1
SharonClark Feb 2021 #2
Laffy Kat Feb 2021 #3
elleng Feb 2021 #4
progree Feb 2021 #5

Response to progree (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 10:36 PM

1. Maybe tomorrow's lesson could be "How To Fire A Racist Teacher"

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Response to progree (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 10:37 PM

2. When I learned about Hammurabi's code

the teacher didn’t ask us how we would punish a slave. I wonder how they would teach about the Holocaust.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 10:39 PM

3. What the eff were they thinking??

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Response to progree (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 10:40 PM

4. 'The lesson was meant to show the politics of ancient Mesopotamia

and included one scenario that stated, ”A slave stands before you.'>>>

Not easy to teach history these days, but it MUST be taught.

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:32 PM

5. Their intentions may have been good, but their judgement was deplorable and the reaction

was entirely predictable.

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