How do I confront my sons social studies teacher about her way of teaching about slavery?
It seems that she isn’t teaching them that slavery has been going on since Biblical times, and that in truth, throughout history, the majority of slaves in the world were not even black, they were white, mostly from Europe.
I have documentation and research to back up my side of slavery, and would like to show it to her. However I am not trying to get into a debate with her over slavery, but rather encourage her to teach the whole story of slavery, and not make whites out to be the bad people in slavery.
1. She may have a set curriculum that she in not allowed to deviate from.
2. She may not be aware that the students are making these kinds of comments to each other.
3. She may have every intention to talk about other instances of slavery, but began with American history of enslaving Africans.
Why don’t you make an appointment to talk to her? First express your concerns politely, then bring up your documentation and ask if any of these things will be taught in class. Maybe you could do a guest lecture about it.
so, your child’s teacher is not teaching slavery, she is responsible for teaching a specific time period in american history. i know of no curriculum which requires it’s SS teacher to teach american history including the bible, since america did not exist during the time which you are referring.
your child’s teacher cannot, and does not have time, to go all the way back to biblical times, because she is supposed to teach american history, and part of that history is slavery.
it’s not the teacher’s responsibility to make white children feel less guilty. that’s something that you can talk about with your child at home…his emotional response to what he’s learning.
and as far as the black kids…you know kids, you have one. sometimes they say stupid things. sometimes they don’t understand their own heritage, or how the world works, or the idea that doing the same thing in reverse is NOT solving the problem. so just explain to your son that an “eye for an eye” is not healthy, and that we need to work out our problems with slavery, not perpetuate them.
as for confronting the teacher…i wouldn’t. i can’t see how this is going to make you look good. what are you going to say? “i don’t want my white child to feel guilty for slavery.” you’re going to end up looking like a bigot, and the teacher will go on teaching this topic, because that’s what she is required to do.
good luck with that.
I stand corrected – I did some research into your assertions and found them to be true! What ignorance on my part, and I consider myself to be fairly intelligent but I have no excuse for not knowing this. I always thought “white-slaves” was a 19th – 20th century invention to refer to white girls/women sold into prostitution. I did not realize that whites were used as slaves, and that their children were born into slavery! Thanks for the information – and yes, you need to bring this up to the teacher and to the school board! Good luck.
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