It’s either a unique teaching tool, or a demeaning take on America’s darkest chapter.
Those are the two takes on a game dealing with slavery and the Underground Railroad that a fifth-grade teacher in Georgia got flack for having her students play.
In the game, students at Cheatham Elementary in Cobb County played the roles of slaves trying to escape from a plantation and gain freedom via the Underground Railroad. Students would roll dice and either escape into the woods or wind up back on the plantation — where the teacher told the class slaves were sometimes beaten.
The four pillars of the modern American history canon are: Slavery, segregation, Indian displacement, Holocaust.
We’re supposed to think non-stop about the evils of slavery, yet we can’t think about why slavery was bad? And don’t give me this “fifth grade” excuse either, because they’ve been bombarded with LGBTQetc propaganda officially and pedagogically for six years.