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 Every weekday morning is pretty much the same in kestrel-land. Shortly after I wake the fledglings for school a friend of mine in Virginia calls. We chat to pass the time of her hour long commute. Today was no different. We talked about a guy that she and her boss are desperate to replace,I cursed the fact that my washing machine crapped out on me. Then suddenly she says, "oh you're not gonna believe this shit!" I do believe it and I'm pissed. More below the fold.

 Ms Jessica Boyle a 4th grade teacher at Sewells Point Elementary School in Norfolk,Virginia apparently decided to get a little creative. It's hard to get children to pay attention,right? Well she definitely got their attention. In fact,I have a feeling that she's received more attention than she could ever imagine.

 As part of Ms Boyle's Civil War lesson,students were separated by race. White students stood on one side and African American and mixed-race students on the other who were then offered up for auction.

 Principal Mary B. Wrushen wrote,

"I recently became aware of a history lesson that was presented to the students in Ms. Jessica Boyle's fourth grade class. Although her actions were well intended to meet the instructional objectives, the activity presented was inappropriate for the students."

 Inappropriate? Well duh! So now the question remains...what becomes of Ms Doyle? I haven't been able to locate any statement made by her nor have I seen any indication of reprimand. At best,Principal Wrushen has said that she intends to follow up with the teacher to make sure this never happens again.

 Is following up enough? I personally don't think that it is. Is this a "symptom" of the South? No definitive answer here,what do you think? As for my opinion...shame on you Ms Boyle,shame!


What becomes of Ms Boyle?

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  •  Your poll should have offered the option (3+ / 0-)

    Give her a raise and a fat retirement plan!

    I suspect the folks in Norfolk would approve of that.

    It's appalling, yet not the least bit surprising that such a teacher and such a lesson is offered in public schools in Norfolk.  I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to learn that her lesson plan is being shared and utilized throughout the south.

    "A free society that will not help the many who are poor, cannot save the few who are rich." JFK, January, 1961

    by rontun on Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 06:15:27 AM PDT

  •  would it have been any different (4+ / 0-)

    if it were the white students who were put up for sale?

  •  Holy *^%#!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Lady Kestrel

    Almost unbelievable.

    Being from the south I am not shocked.

    Two words come to mind:

    insensitivity and stupidity.

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 06:38:26 AM PDT

  •  Didnt this happen (2+ / 0-)
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    Lady Kestrel, BlueJessamine

    Already..? I seem to recall something very very similar to this, but cant be sure!

    "It was the best of times, it was the BLURST of times?!"

    by kamrom on Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 06:42:21 AM PDT

  •  sort of a pass for her.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Lady Kestrel, BlueJessamine

    Someone taught her in college that role playing is a brilliant way to teach history and her principal probably encouraged it all.

     I worked for a principal once who expected me to wear hats and pretend to be a historical figure every day as a method of teaching high school world history. (I never did it)

    I worked for another one who thought that no high school American history unit was complete without a role playing activity. (I never did that either)

    I met a teacher once who marches her high school students around the school and forces them to skip lunch in order to "role play" the Holocaust of all things. (We were at a seminar at the D.C. Holocaust Museum where everyone tried to no avail to tell her that this was not a good teaching tool)

    This is not a problem with one teacher. This is a stupidity that invaded education years ago.

  •  The South can be a freaky place. (2+ / 0-)
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    They're still stinging from losing the Civil War, and still bitching about states' rights, which is, of course, code.

    Lee Atwater on the GOP's Southern Strategy:

    You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger"—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.
    And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger".[5]

    So he says to me, do you wanna be a BAD boy? And I say YEAH baby YEAH! Surf's up space ponies! I'm makin' gravy WITHOUT THE LUMPS! HAAA-ha-ha-ha!!!

    by Cenobyte on Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 07:40:13 AM PDT

  •  I Don't Understand This Question... (1+ / 0-)
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    Is this a "symptom" of the South?

    I have read a number of articles about this and didn't read anything that indicates the teacher or principal are from "the South".  The fact that the school is located in Virginia does not on the face of it suggest that this is a Southern act.  "The North" has plenty of racism, today.  And Americans have the right to move freely around the country and many do.

    •  Yes there is still racism in the North... (1+ / 0-)
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      I lived in Virginia for almost four years though and in my opinion,racism was tolerated for the most part.  

      •  But, I Haven't Read Anything... (3+ / 0-)
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        that indicates that this "role playing" was anything more than poor judgement.  It seems likely to me that she was naive, and didn't realize the implications.

        The articles I read were not very thorough describing what actually happened in class.  In fact, one article I read, when one parent got the apology letter a week later, had to ask their child about it.  Is it possible that this situation is a lot like the recent story on the school in Chicago that does not allow the students to brown bag it?  I am against the policy, but obviously the students and parents are not.  But it has taken 6 years to make the news.

        We don't even know the race of the student who first talked about it outside of class and how they viewed the exercise.  Just a lot of questions to be answered before we convict anyone.

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