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The headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School in Barnet said the lesson material has since been withdrawn and apologised on behalf of her staff for being “patronising” and for the “trivialisation” of slavery.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