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An Ohio elementary school missed the point of a teaching opportunity when it allowed 10-year-old students to feel each other and evaluate each other's worth in a mock slave auction.
According to a report from 10tv, the local television station, the American history class at a Gahanna, Ohio, elementary school was divided up in "masters" and "slaves" to illustrate the inequalities of slavery.
"The masters go to touch people and do all sorts of stuff," 10-year-old Nikko Burton told the television station. "They got to look in your mouth and feel your legs and stuff and see if you're strong and stuff."
Burton's mother complained to the school, who told her that the mock auction is part of the state-approved curriculum.
"He felt degraded, he was hurt and the kids picked on him later," she said.
But while the school has apologize, Nikko hopes for an apology from his teacher.
"It was kind of mean and she should have said sorry."
Originally posted by tsawyer2
reply to post by ModernAcademia
This is another ridiculous example of what is wrong with our school system. There are so many better ways to teach this subject matter than to put the students through this type of exercise.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
This is part of official school curriculum? Boggles the mind. I think it's inappropriate and the ONLY way this might fly as a "learning moment" is if every single student goes through the process as both "master/slave" though even then, I think its really poor taste and there are much better ways to experientially teach the children the same point.