Teacher Makes Students Do An In-Class Slavery Demo

Submitted by: littlemissqt 8 years ago in

Re-enactments and demonstrations can be helpful teaching tools, but did a New York teacher take the approach too far?
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Male 1,051
Feets.
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Male 10
FKING PUSSY!!! Some weak-ass pussy girl gets chosen in a fun role and decides to cry and whinge about it like the PUSSY she is!!! We did this in Primary School as well and NO-ONE complained cos we thought it was FUN!!!
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Male 247
The mother is "weighing other options" because an apology did not "satisfy her".

Hmmm, I wonder where this is going?

Pffft...it was a class project--maybe the teacher used a poor demonstration method, maybe not.

But at the end of the day? Get the eff over it lady...teachers got enough crap to worry over, like TEACHING, instead of stressing over a frivolous lawsuit or getting fired.

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Male 2
hahaha!

We totally did this in my US History class last year. The teacher made 5 kids "slave masters" and made them tie up our hands and feet and then we all had to lay on the floor packed really tight.

If the NAACP only caught wind of that at my school...

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Male 1,835
wow. she called on your kid because your kid sits in the back and talks to other students. i think your child is a pussy, was the other kid black?
apologize for it? bet she did it every year. just now some pussy who`s been told by her parents that everyone hates black people and anything that you can derive race from is in fact racist.
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Male 328
soo.. a teacher shows how horrible slavery was..

and a bunch of black people get mad

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Male 174
Good point will-o-wisp, but she didn`t know she was choosing the sensitive one.
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Female 244
Once, my geography teacher made the desks into like 4` by 4` "cages" almost, and sticking us in them and making us DRAW CORN AND DIAMONDS. Like we were "mining" and "farming."
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Male 1,666
Suck it up.
Whiny little bitch.
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Male 562
Get your act together woman, she wasnt trying to be racist. Let it go.
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Female 458
It really wasn`t that bad. I think that she should have picked another girl (since this one is apparently /extremely/ sensitive), but, the demonstration wasn`t really a bad idea.

A lot of kids probably would have enjoyed participating in it.

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Male 436
Oh come the drat on.

When I become a teacher, I`m gonna give kids whips and let them have at each other (after I tie them to a pole of course).

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Male 394
wow... really... I expected something so much worse. Sounds like outdoor ed. Problem solving skills. Traumatized? The girl was traumatized... Please, the girl is either fragile beyond comprehension and mommy hasn`t done her job, or this was WAY blown out of proportion.
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Male 68
i think its a differn`t way of teaching, but its not like she was doing out of hate or anything. its kinda a touchy subject to some though. I can understand both views of the story.
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Male 121
oh i hate things like this. nobody got hurt, just ridiculous parents teaching their kids to be massively over-sensitive. they did the same thing with us in our school, it was a laugh.
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Male 64
that`s not bad, they had to crawl under some desks
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Male 12
they made us do the same thing, all they usually did was demonstrate the living conditions for a slave on a slave ship i didnt like it but hey when it comes to students in a teachers decision the student have no voice in the matter
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Male 2,125
Would`ve been easier to let them watch `Roots`.
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Female 385
wimp, thats like i fi was traumitized when we learned that they were crowded
we all had to lie on the carpet, squished together. AAHH.
WImps
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Male 1,365
Don`t tape me Bro!!!
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Male 416
OH LAWD, SHE TAPED THEY FEETS TOGETHA? LAWDY DAT BE RACIS!
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Male 2,245
you know that there`s some bogus sh*t going down when this woman turns directly to the NAACP.
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Male 220
So... many... retarded people... >.< *spontaneously combusts
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Female 1,211
"What a wimp. America is getting too soft. So let me get this straight. A teacher taped the girl`s hands and feet together and made her sit under a desk. Did she whip her? no. Did she beat her? no. It wasn`t even an accurate demonstration, yet the girl was crying. What a horrible thing to do *sarcasm*. The teacher is doing her a favor because later in life she won`t be so traumatized when she gets arrested."

Captain Douchebag, AWAAAAAAAY!

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Male 213
Wait .. Oh my god! .. Where`s the daughter in all this? .. Mom`s prolly got her shackled in her room, so she won`t interfere with PAYDAY.
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Male 213
"she taped their hands together, feets together .." whipped them, made them work the fields? Oh wait, that didn`t happen, did it? We can`t bring back the memories of when this innocent middle-schooler was a poor slave in the 1600s, right? .. .. .. please .. stupid call on the teacher for doing it in the first place (and having two actual black people being the slaves in the simulation). But also should not be taken this ridiculously far ...
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Male 3,431
Of course she ain`t satisfied, she thinks she`s won the goddamn Lottery. Problem is when people Sue a School or Government, they`re basically just boning the rest of us since the money they get comes from our Taxes. Kid`s from newyork? Well she needs to Harden the Fork Up M8!
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Male 2,796
S-T-U-P-I-D

VV

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Male 35
R-A-C-I-S-M
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Male 83
Anyone else lol when the girl said "taped my feets"?
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Male 430
WTF you do not boud the hands up of a kid thats got to violate something in the schools policy.
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Male 266
I don`t see how the girl got traumatized... I mean really?
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Male 178
"its like putting shackles on them" NO poo?!?!
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Male 818
ok cefca you just sounded like a douche and yeah shes a 7th grade girl of course shes going to be horrified its not every day that a teacher ties your arms and legs together for a demonstration. The only thing that I think is crap is that this was about race
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Male 488
couldnt**
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Male 488
one time in class we were reading some story about this black escaped slave girl who was living in the attic of a shed in her grandpas house or something so the teacher had me sit under a table for the whole class and i could put any part of my body out from the table. and im like over 6 feet tall. it was funny though. i wouldnt have my teacher like fired over it
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Male 139
I worry about how gabby is going to perform for the rest of her life. If she cant take this mild learning experience without freaking out, she is going to be i big trouble... I hate folks that want to sue over stuff like this.
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Male 1,596
ok, this is confusing. A jewish woman "volunteers" a black kid to reenact slavery?! just watch amistad and schindlers list back to back surely.
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Male 309
she was horrified? it was a terrible experience? sounds like shes learned all about slavery. good job teacher.
at the end the lady says: "im still not completly satisfied" ....till she sues em for every penny they`ve got
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Male 27
this is stupid, i hate people like this. i had a 7th grade teacher teach us about nazis and she did it all day. [i was killed cause i was supposed to put my head down because i was imperfect and i had to do everything i was told, so when i didnt i was off`d]
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Male 12
What a wimp. America is getting too soft. So let me get this straight. A teacher taped the girl`s hands and feet together and made her sit under a desk. Did she whip her? no. Did she beat her? no. It wasn`t even an accurate demonstration, yet the girl was crying. What a horrible thing to do *sarcasm*. The teacher is doing her a favor because later in life she won`t be so traumatized when she gets arrested.
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Male 3,482
I highly doubt the kid had no choice in the matter.

Not to mention, there`s stuff you just can`t learn through a movie.

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Male 2,796
"Wow, that`s pretty messed up.
To make a student do it is wrong.
I wouldn`t have done it, I would have laughed in the teachers face and told her to go f*** herself."

I saw a parent plop her child on a toilet once... the child seriously didn`t want to do it, he was totally against the idea. I know that if I were that child, I`d tell my parent to go f*ck yourself. This is why I still poo my shorts to this very day!

Can you imagine if we didn`t gently force and guide students into learning stuff, even if they are uncomfortable? This wasn`t malicious I don`t think. This Mother has most likely taught her daughter to carry the weight of slavery around her shoulders. I blame the Mother.

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Female 357
I had to do something like that in elementary school except it was a reenactment of the civil war... I was on the south. We had to memorize the Gettysburg address or make southern style food for "points". We also had little "personality" cards; I remember I was a married pastor with 3 slaves who thought it was a necessary evil.

In the end, the south ended up having more points so we won XD

I wonder what that was supposed to teach me.

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Female 114
I don`t understand why the child was traumatized. Its not like she personally experienced those things during the time of the slaves. She also could have declined participating, its not like the teacher could have forced her. I don`t really know, it just seems like the kid wants to cause drama.
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Female 178
Wow, that`s pretty messed up.
To make a student do it is wrong.
I wouldn`t have done it, I would have laughed in the teachers face and told her to go f*** herself.
I`m sure there is exaggeration and overreaction, though.
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Male 772
Having people volunteer would be a good idea; there are many experiences in history you can`t just see on film to realize. And if no one volunteers, don`t do it; it`s their choice if they want to know what it could have been like. The fact she was picked against her will is another story, though.
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Male 2,553
lame
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Male 1,766
That little girl is just being a troll
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Female 721
I remember when we were being taught about slavery in middle school. I got to act as an African slave, even though I`m white, and all day I just screamed "I`m black!" at other people.

Back on the subject, I think the teacher did take it a bit far, only in that they chose an unwilling child to use for the demonstration.

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Male 118
Read IloveShoes` post.
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Male 2,796
What`s really sick is:

I wonder what would happen if white kids demanded to be cast to play the part of slaves in a "Roots" play. I bet it would be shot down.

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Female 430
My teacher did something like that in4th grade and we randomly chose out of two colors of m&ms, i was supposed to represent a clack kid and it was horrible, he segregated us at lunch time and made us read while everyone was playing gmaes and told us we were stupid. Everybody in the class was crying by the end of lunch including the ones that were supposed to represent white students.
He was one of my favorite teachers and it really showed us whatit was like when everything was segregated, but i think he took it to far, it was the most emotional day of my elementary school life!
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Male 7,933
"they`re was mexican slaves and asian slaves wtf GET OVER IT >_<"

they are was?
that is gooder grammer and higerz edumacation rite thurr

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Male 2,313
splurbyburbl pretty much summed it up.
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Male 2,796
"I didn`t think there was a problem at first, then I heard that she only had black children in the demonstration."

Hmmm, so we cannot teach things about slavery using the correct color of people that were made to be slaves in the past? I guess its good that they don`t teach about things like the rape of Nanking in the classroom. Some poor Chinese kid would be all up in arms.

I suppose it would be totally wrong for an instructor to call upon a female to describe pregnancy or menstruation as part of an instruction. Or maybe the differences in CPR techniques from male to female, sizes and ages. I mean, during CPR you have to demonstrate different techniques according to these things... is that also wrong?

From now on I think our teachers just need to tell the students to read the textbook and there will be a teast in a month. Then sleep the rest of the time in class.

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Male 2,796
I totally agree with the mother and her daughter. I mean, look at it this way, take the descendants of Jews from the Holocaust... every single Jew alive today is naturally afraid of Germans and Furnaces. (Because they are Jewish)

Take me for example. Because my descendants are Italian, I was born knowing how to speak fluent Italian, knowing how to paint and I have this undying taste for canoli`s.

This little girl and her Mother is perfectly right in crying foul play here. You know, because their descendants were slaves and all. You can`t just go around trying to use creative examples on how slavery was a bad thing. That is just silly!!

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Male 210
Anwar- "...or favor rich kids over poor kids to make them understand the real world."

Yeah we do this at my junior high. People are chosen to be rich or poor and rich people sit at desks and poor people sit on the floor with a book to write on and this goes on for thirty min. and then they switch. There was whining, but no news coverage and no traumatization. i agree with LunarMoon. Its a ploy for an overprotective mom to get some extra money from the state. I wonder if she realizes that if she does sue the school, there would be worse conditions in the school and she would help pay for it out of her own pocket. Stupid naive woman.

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Female 497
whys it always blacks?
they`re was mexican slaves and asian slaves wtf GET OVER IT >_<
its not like blacks are the only color around thats been a drating slave for centuries
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Female 437
I think it`s a good point, it shows people what life was like and teaches us to appreciate what we have now.
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Male 80
haha thats funny at my school we have "servant" auctions where students volunteer to be "servants" all day and do what ever the "owner" wants. All proceeds go to charity
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Male 1,853

http://www.connerprairie.org/events/follow_the_north_star
That`s where I went last year. We were `slaves`. We couldn`t look at the demonstrators, or talk. They had us kneel down in the mud, and hide in the woods. It was pretty awesome. I don`t see how it`s bad; it just teaches you what it was like.
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Male 544
[quote]im still not satisfied [/quote]
WHAT FREE EDUCATION AND WELFARE AINT GOOD ENUFF CHILL!
i felt sorry for her before she went off like that
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Male 21
Oh, and in response to what somebody asked: The kids at HMS are in 5th-7th grades, so about ten through twelve years old.
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Male 817
Fr0d0lives: "i think she should not have chosen only african american students for the demo..."

What if that`s all that`s in the class? What if the teacher was African American???? You don`t know, the report never states either.

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Male 21
What the hell??!! I WENT to that school for three years! I was there *yesterday* for a concert. And now it`s on I-A-B. That`s crazy.

Don`t know that teacher, though.

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Female 1,441
What a ridiculous overreaction.
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Male 1,540
That was a horrible decision on the teacher`s part. She should know that people in today`s society raise hell about everything. "It was HORRIFYING. I had my wrists tied together (With rope?) and I was sitting under a desk! It was so horrible that I started crying and I`m so traumatized I`ll never get good grades again!" News station: "That`s a great story! Inhumane treatment of students being forced to sit under a desk under HORRIBLE conditions for God knows how long (Maybe a minute?) This kind of evil torture cannot go without a story!"
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Female 723
I was in shock when I heard this on the news. Over-reaction. I do think the teacher should have included children of all races though.
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Female 710
"It would make their ancestors ashamed that she cried over being TAPED and just moved under A DESK while they suffered through the real thing. Makes me want to smack her."

And they`d have to do that for about a month. With people peeing and vomiting and pooping everywhere. And a horrible smell that would never go away. And illness.

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Male 2,148
I didn`t think there was a problem at first, then I heard that she only had black children in the demonstration. No, it isn`t the worst thing she couls have done, but yes, it was a very retarded decision on the teacher`s part. Still maybe some overreaction.
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Female 710
Traumatised? Why was she traumatised? I`d find it interesting but the tape would annoy me at the most. Maybe she has claustrophobia.
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Female 217
He didn`t FORCE them to do it. They could have easily said no and he would have found someone else.

This entire thing is some stupid mom wanting a ploy to sue and make money.

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Female 14
As a teacher, I agree that it was a bad decision, but I don`t believe it deserves news coverage. Teachers are encouraged to employ all sorts of learning tools and activities to engage kids, and I guess this teacher thought it would be a hard-hitting way of getting through to them exactly how terrible slavery ships were. We show the film `Amistad` and I`ve had many children cry at some of the very graphic depictions. It was a mistake, but I don`t think she deserves to be publicly humiliated through the media.
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Female 609
i think she should not have chosen only african american students for the demo...
and maybe the whole class could have done it...
and maybe it could have been a competition...
and not about slavery.
yeah?

dumb teacher.

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Female 1,963
I think this is a pretty blatant overreaction, but still a bit of a stupid move from the teacher. But it`s not like anything too dramatic happened here.
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Male 12,138
vv "Women tend to think with their heart and not necessarily there head...Which is why men make better business people"

You`re right FascistMan. Those silly women, bless `em. No wonder THEIR spelling is so poor, compared to yours.

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Male 28
"Huh, last I checked there was huge difference between a little girl in middle school and a senior in high school. You don`t traumatize kids to make them understand the lesson. Just as you don`t use racial terms to make them understand racism, or mock a kids sexuality to make them understand sexual discrimination or favor rich kids over poor kids to make them understand the real world. If you want to explain racism, show them the movies Roots or Amistad. Poor, poor teaching skills."

youre right, there is a big difference between a middle schooler and a senior but i think we can agree theres less of a difference between middle schoolers and freshmen, who made up the majority of the class.
anyway the point i was trying to make was that our class did have a holocaust demonstration, the part about none of us being traumatized just seemed like a relevant side note considering that was the focus of the video

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Male 81
That`s what I did in my social studies class in 8th grade. Well, there was no tape or anything. When we came into the room, we were told to not talk, and sit under our desks for 15 minutes or so with the lights off. Then the teacher said that that`s what slaves had to do for weeks at a time.

I think that the concept is a good idea, but she took it a little far.

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Female 110
It would make their ancestors ashamed that she cried over being TAPED and just moved under A DESK while they suffered through the real thing. Makes me want to smack her.

^^ I completely agree.

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Female 695
Mmm, well maybe now the little girl will have future appreciation for what her ancestors had to endure. Maybe now she`ll have more of a chance of growing up to be a respectful, thoughtful individual.

I don`t think the teachers demonstration is necessarily a bad one. She`s probably done it countless times before. She just got unlucky that she had a whiner. Shame.

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Male 1
It`s just because they were black or because the child was a woman. Women tend to think with their heart and not necessarily there head (Which is why men make better business people, but that`s another subject entirely). Point is, they completely over reacted out of, regardless of which reason it was above, immaturity. It would make their ancestors ashamed that she cried over being TAPED and just moved under A DESK while they suffered through the real thing. Makes me want to smack her.
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Male 2,076
"funny you should mention that, i took a class on the holocaust in 12th grade and on the second day of class the teacher made us stand packed together to give us an idea of "

Huh, last I checked there was huge difference between a little girl in middle school and a senior in high school. You don`t traumatize kids to make them understand the lesson. Just as you don`t use racial terms to make them understand racism, or mock a kids sexuality to make them understand sexual discrimination or favor rich kids over poor kids to make them understand the real world. If you want to explain racism, show them the movies Roots or Amistad. Poor, poor teaching skills.

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Male 4,680
"And if the girl is traumatized... isn`t that part of the lesson? The point was to show the harsh conditions people endured as slaves."

Exactly.

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Male 9,305
Wait, how OLD was the girl again? That may give us more insight.
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Male 639
I think children in schools should now be given ear plugs and blacked out glasses to wear in class so that they don`t become upset or offended in lessons. It`s OK though, they can remove the protection after school so that they can see what they`re doing in the grand theft auto game they`ll probably play at home.
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Male 2,076
The girl involved shouldn`t have made a big deal out of it? Wow..judging a little girl for being too sensitive. Way to go IAB douchebags! I`ve got little sisters, and they get freaked out by little things—let alone something as embarrassing and shaming as being told to reenact slavery. Good grief, that teacher should be fired or at the very least be told to go to child sensitivity training. And calling the mother dumb sh*t? Wtf is wrong with you people.
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Male 28
"vv I agree with riot... why does this have to be "demonstrated"? What next, live classroom-participation demonstrations of the conditions at Auschwitz during the holocaust for history class?"

funny you should mention that, i took a class on the holocaust in 12th grade and on the second day of class the teacher made us stand packed together to give us an idea of how packed the trains were. oddly enough no one in the class was traumatized

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Male 817
And if the girl is traumatized... isn`t that part of the lesson? The point was to show the harsh conditions people endured as slaves.
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Male 817
To tell you the truth, I can`t really pin-point what all the issue is. Is it a "race" thing (which I guess is the case if the NAACP is involved)? If so, what`s the nationality of the teacher? They never say, so if she`s "African American" is that point moot?

Or is it the whole "binding" thing in which the student apparently complied throughout the process as she allowed the teacher to bind her hands and feet as well as went under the table?

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Male 270
I would leave them under that desk.
That mother is a dumb sh*t.
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Male 400
Just how the hell are you traumatized?? It`s only like handcuffs. what if she gets arrested? what then?
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Male 9,305
Traumatized...?
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Male 1,765
Americans are so race-sensitive...
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Male 2,422
I think she was overreacting, but there was that interesting Stanford Prison experiment that had to be discontinued becasue the "guards" starting abusing the "prisoners". I sure had this demonstration been longer something similar whould have happened.
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Male 119
Being of indian descent, if they told me to re-enact working in a kwikee mart, im not sure how i would feel either
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Male 265
WAY too soon.
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Male 400
Yeah that kid overreacted. I don`t see how you could possibly be traumatized by this. but the teacher shouldn`t have done it nonetheless.
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Male 406
we did this in my class, but it was the entire class. this little girl is full o` crap. she needs to stop over-reacting.

10 bucks says if a white girl did the same thing, this wouldn`t be on the news.

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Male 210
I don`t think that it is a big of a deal as they are making it seem. I did this demonstration in my class, but the entire class participated and it was minus the taped hands. There were 3 regular school tables and 7 kids under each and we stayed like that for a few minutes. Nobody started crying or was traumatized. That girl needs to get over herself.
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Male 22
ummmmm, overreaction?
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Male 12,138
vv I agree with riot... why does this have to be "demonstrated"? What next, live classroom-participation demonstrations of the conditions at Auschwitz during the holocaust for history class?
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Male 599
The teacher should not have done it, but only because it`s something that does not need to be demonstrated. The girl involved should not have made a big deal out of it either, it`s not exactly a traumatizing experience to have to crawl under a desk with your hands taped.
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Male 788
haha she was `randomly` chosen no big deal HAHAHAHAHAHA
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Female 1,596
Link: Teacher Makes Students Do An In-Class Slavery Demo [Rate Link] - Re-enactments and demonstrations can be helpful teaching tools, but did a New York teacher take the approach too far?
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