Homework Assignment Asks Kids to List 3 'Good Reasons' for Slavery

4th Grade Assignment Asked Students to Give 3 'Good' Reasons for Slavery

4th-grade homework assignment sparks backlash, apology in Wauwatosa

Administrators at Our Redeemer Lutheran High School, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, apologized for an assignment that they gave to 4th Grader students asking them to write "3 "good" reasons for slavery and 3 bad reasons".

The principal at Our Redeemer Lutheran School, Jim Van Dellen, issued a formal apology and also noted that students should not have completed the assignment because there are no good reasons for slavery of any kind.

One mother was shocked to see the social studies assignment and contacted the school.

Andrea Michel, with Safe Place Meeting Group, said: 'And for it to be a Christian school, they could have said something like, "What are three good things we can do to prevent slavery from happening?"'

According to a report in the NBC-affiliated television station WKYC-TV, the weird assignment was first noticed by Trameka Brown-Berry, the mother of Jerome Berry, a fourth-grader studying at the school.

Jerome responded to the question on his homework, saying "I feel there is no good reason for slavery, that's why I did not write".

Brown-Berry told Fox 6 Now that the lesson was "offensive and insensitive", later saying that "Not only was my son in an very bad position, but also the students who weren't black because it's that sort of mentality of not being able to see from another's perspective, and only seeing through your lens, that's what's unsafe".

He then ended with a decisive "I am proud to be black because we are strong and fearless".

Brown-Berry followed up with a statement of her own. The principal agreed to all of these, she said.

"I wanted to model for him what it means to voice your opinion and stand up for yourself and stand up for what's right". The principal said a better effort will be made to communicate the potential teaching of sensitive subject matter with parents before it is brought to the attention of students. "With all of your support I was able to give my child a personal life lesson about how change starts with you".

"The goal of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that slavery is acceptable", he wrote in a letter to parents.

Meanwhile, the identity of the teacher has not been disclosed and it's unclear whether the teacher was disciplined.

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