22 February 2013

Twisted.

A black kindergartener is auctioned off in front of his classroom friends.  It's history, it's hands-on, what's not to like?   I mean, unless you have a sense of decency or something odd like that.

I am amazed and astounded that this sort of thing is going on.  What is next, preschool mock rape and torture?

History is really nasty stuff.  It's a hard subject, no doubt about that.  It is hard to teach to little children because what you're really doing is introducing them to the idea that the world is not a nice place.  You are breaking their innocence.  We don't need to traumatize them in the process, do we?


8 comments:

  1. Not surprised.

    My kid once (as the lone black kid) had a teacher point to him and use him as an example for slavery.

    Another time, they took turns making kids to do hard work and paying them in candy.

    stupid.

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    1. I tend to think of such things as beyond stupid and crossing over into "mean" territory.

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  2. Our school (white, except for one black student) had a 'senior slave day' where you could 'buy' a senior for a day to raise funds for the senior ball. The senior had to do your bidding as long as it didn't injure them. When we were seniors, it was stopped...of course because the black student was in my class and the administration no longer found it funny. Shameful. As a parent, I am floored that no parents or teachers stopped it LONG before then.

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    1. Some things were really just meant to change. It could just be that an all-white neighbourhood in upstate NY would be very far removed from having the sting of slavery... perhaps they thought it was some quaint play-act. It's hard to know what goes on in people's heads sometimes. :/

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  3. History does need to be taught, but there are some parts that just aren't suited to kindergarten level.

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    1. I agree! At this level, they could talk about mummies and Egyptian treasures or how people didn't used to have electricity and that sort of thing.

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  4. The indoctrination begins early. And, now, they want to mandate preschool. Sigh.

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    1. It would be "voluntary" until enough people bought into it. Like the schools we have now. :/

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