UK NEWS: SCHOOL APOLOGISES FOR ‘MORALLY REPUGNANT’ SLAVERY LESSON

SLAVESHIP

This is why it is important for parents to teach their children the truth about our history and not to leave it up to teachers who have an agenda.

Via The Evening Standard

A school was today forced to issue an apology for a history lesson in which  pupils were asked to imagine they were slave traders.

The students aged 13 and 14 were shown manacles, a whip, thumb screws and iron brands and asked to come up with a business proposal for how they would capture and imprison slaves in Africa. One part of the lesson pointed out positive aspects of slavery, such as “having an affair with a beautiful African slave girl”.

The headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School in Barnet said the lesson material has since been withdrawn and apologised on behalf of her staff for being “patronising” and for the “trivialisation” of slavery.

A girl of African heritage complained to her mother, who contacted Pan African human rights group Ligali, which put in a formal complaint to the school.

Kate Webster said: “I am satisfied it wasn’t a deliberate attempt to humiliate or denigrate in any way but it did demonstrate a lack of empathy for people’s heritage.”

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I read this news story on the train this evening and I am still fuming.

“One part of the lesson pointed out positive aspects of slavery, such as “having an affair with a beautiful African slave girl”.”

WHAT THE HELL????

What positive aspects of slavery??? And there were no ” love affairs” just hundreds of years of brutality, rape and sexual abuse.

I am glad that there was a black pupil in the class clued up enough to recognise that this “lesson” was insulting and an attempt to try to trivalise  the horror of slavery.

I commend her mother for taking this matter further.

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  1. Absolutely shocking! I was talking to my mum yesterday about how important it is for parents to tell their children the truth about our history, because if they don’t our kids will end up thinking lessons like this are ‘ok’. I actually cannot believe supposedly well educated teachers thought that this was a good idea.

  2. The fact that it took a pupil and her mother, as opposed to seemingly well educated teachers, to bring this to light and to recognise now disgusting and immorally indulgent this lesson was, is a sad indication about how far this country still has to go when it comes to education and schooling.
    Knowledge is Power! Read! Read!

  3. This kind of thing is abhorrent. It sickens me that education of history is distorted to such an extent. It becomes clearer to me that teaching is becoming less of a want to help students and more a way of paying the bills. The cycle of poor teaching leading to less informed individuals will ultimate lead to a generation of teachers who are also less informed and thus history has the chance of repeating it self. Who knows if there are many more cases like this unreported not just to do with African history but poor information given to the impressionable young minds of our society. Disgraceful

  4. Folaola :
    Absolutely shocking! I was talking to my mum yesterday about how important it is for parents to tell their children the truth about our history, because if they don’t our kids will end up thinking lessons like this are ‘ok’. I actually cannot believe supposedly well educated teachers thought that this was a good idea.

    Um..they don’t care .and frankly why should they . You should just assume they owe us shit. . and we should take the matters into our hands . things like these will happen and again again and we’ll spent a heck lot more time trying to debunk theories just to save face. Its difficult to get hard up black people to sit down and take the time to record the current narrative of our history because it will be tomorrow’s burden if it doesn’t reflect today’s reality.

  5. You are right, Lechtanoir. I am at a loss when British Blacks carry on as if America is more racist. Lots of the young only tend to see racism in terms of “overt: racism. So many of us have taught them that racism is not being able to walk down the road with a companion of a different race without being called out for it, that when that doesn’t happen, they can’t see racism. I blame ourselves. Too many of us are too damned cheap and “beg friend”. My Aunt , growing up in Jamaica told me that Britain stopped slavery. She is so grateful for Britain that she has compartmentalised the fact that it was this same country that enslaved our ancestors freed them into poverty, recompensed the slave owners and then sent for slave descendants just over a hundred years later to build up Britain on the cheap after the war!
    So whilst it is us that should teach our children their history from “our” perspective, do not assume that for a lot of us “our” perspective is “their” perspective. How else do you think Massa is getting away with whole heap that they would not have even ten years ago? Too many Black people are showing their cheap, true colours now that we can “mix and blend” with no hassle, as long as you aren’t too black (culturally).
    Sorry to rant, but that’s why I laugh after my Jamaican cousins when they come home with their white women. When one of them came home from work complaining about some racist colleague, his girlfriend mashed up the relationship. She couldn’t handle that “black” stuff! I told him that she only saw his Jamaican side and ignored the black even though he is dark. Worse that your average Jamaican is effed up and confuses colour with race with culture. So it is no surprise that the establishment is Jim screeching the whole “slavery was okay” lie. Watch, they soon tell us “if it wasn’t for slavery, you’d still be in Africa” malarkey!

  6. The saddest part of this story is seeing all the surprised reactions, we are going to do this dance of singling out and making an example of this school as though this problem was one of a kind, as though this isn’t systematic.
    Blacks thinking that because they’ve been here for the past hundred years that the rules some how apply to you. This isnt the opening of the 2012 Olympics where we like to pretend its all happy families.
    If you dnt like it setup your own schools like other communities, oh but no! That’s racist??

  7. This makes me sick, this is why black people have to teach their children black history at home and should never ever except white people to do it.

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