In defense of making kids act like slaves (Opinion)
There are controversies ... and there are controversies.
And sometimes, Jim Gearhart says, he can't fathom why a story becomes one.
That was the case with the story of a Toms River teacher who caught flack on social media -- prompting a school district investigation -- after he reportedly had kids impersonate slaves, for a lesson on slavery. According to some students, he made whip noises and had kids lay on the floor, pretending to be on a slave ship.
His cohost, Bob Williams, said "the teacher (was) being convicted and tried on social media" before anyone knew all the facts. But Jim asks a more basic question: "Of what charge?"
"The child is not being abused," Jim says. "The child is somehow getting a notion of what actually went on in this world." And, he suggests, maybe a lesson like that should be compulsory.
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— New Jersey 101.5 staff. Includes prior reporting by Dan Alexander
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