Vox: Schools keep teaching slavery and civil rights history in ways that traumatize black students

Vox, April 19th, 2019: Schools keep teaching slavery and civil rights history in ways that traumatize black students

It seems like every few weeks now there is yet another story of black students being forced to participate in insensitive classroom simulations of slavery and segregation that do far more to traumatize than to educate about the most painful parts of American history.

That trend continued this week, after an Arizona mother posted on Facebook that her black son, a 9-year-old in third grade, had participated in a classroom simulation in which he had to “walk through his class as his teacher and fellow students yelled at, humiliated and berated him during a lesson on school segregation,” according to the Arizona Republic.

 

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