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A student-teacher at Waverly Belmont Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee has been dismissed after she taught a Black History Month lesson that asked fourth-grade kids to recite violent methods of slave control.
According to NBC:
The student-teacher’s lesson plan, given to youngsters at Waverly Belmont Elementary School in Nashville, was centered around the notorious — and perhaps apocryphal — 1712 speech by slave owner William Lynch, “The Making of a Slave,” officials said.
After reading the material in which Lynch purportedly advocated for physical and psychological torture of slaves, students were asked, “To keep their slaves subservient, plantation owners should” with a series of blank bullet points for youngsters to fill in.
“A student-teacher was dismissed and asked not to return to Waverly-Belmont as a result of teaching material that was not age appropriate or within the scope of sequence for the 4th grade class,” according to a statement by Metro Nashville Public Schools.
“Metro Schools regrets if any students or parents were caused pain as a result of this incident. District leaders have been working with school administrators and parents to address concerns for the students involved.”
The left side of this image shows Willie Lynch.
The African American student-teacher is said to be from Vanderbilt University and the University is said to have approved the lesson.
You can read more details here but please let us know your thoughts on this. Should kids be exposed to these truths or is this detrimental to the young Black students, who in this case make up about 43% of the school?
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