Education is always considered a source of enlightenment. When you educate someone, you expect them to be aware and sound of all the social evils that have crept in our society. Considering how high hate crime and racism currently is, people are expecting schools to reduce it by educating the future generations.
However, sometimes, it is the school and education system that chooses to disappoint you. One such incident took place at South Mountain Elementary School in South Orange, New Jersey. Parents visited the school and were shocked to see posters of slaves being sold in the halls.
It was a class assignment in which all the students of grade 5 were asked to draw posters for the auction of slaves. There were derogatory remarks on the posters such as “fine house girl” and “all slaves raised on the plantation of John Carter” etc.
One parent said the exact same thing that is in our minds right now,“that’s disrespectful, first of all, to any of the black kids in the school.”
The children will obviously grow up one day and notice these social evils for themselves but that does not mean that you make them aware of these things at an age where their brains are so easily impressionable.