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Parents and a New Jersey community are outraged over a fifth-grade class project teaching Colonial America studies. A teacher incorporated children to create a slave auction.

WABC reported, “the assignment was mandatory and required the South Mountain Elementary School fifth grade class to complete a drawing of an event that would occur during [your] assigned colonial time period, including a poster for a lecture, speech, protest or slave auction.

Jamil Karriem posted some of the posters the children made and express his outrage.

Superintendent John Ramos said that this has been shockingly a class course for the past 10 years and sent letters home to parents “for any harm done.

As part of this never-ending process, it is important that we reflect on the unintended effects of our curriculum, instruction, and interactions. Having reflected on the concerns shared with us, we have decided to remove the slave-auction posters from South Mountain hallways, and we apologize for any unintended offense or hardship this activity has caused.

The school will be hosting a meeting with parents and staff to discuss the matter and what is appropriate for students.

 

 

 

 

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