One teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo, South Carolina, is now suspended after she took a critical thinking project for her 5th-grade class a little too far and asked them to identify and justify the actions of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Blaze reports Kerri Roberts gave a homework assignment to students of which the first question read: “You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African-Americans is justified?”
Then students were asked to look at the issue from the other side, with the second question reading: “You are a freedman. Are you satisfied with your new life? Why or why not?”
Tremain Cooper, whose nephew brought home the assignment from the class, was abhorred when he saw it, and quickly took to Facebook to blast the teacher and school.
Cooper shared the image and captioned it, “CHECK IT OUT FAMILY. CHECK IT OUT FAMILY. I NEED YALL TO HELP ME. THIS IS MY LITTLE 10 YEAR OLD NEPHEW’S HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT today. HE’S HOME CRYING RIGHT NOW.”
“THE TEACHER’S NAME IS KERRI ROBERTS AT OAKPOINT ELEMENTARY IN DISTRICT 5 IN IRMO, SC right outside of my hometown of Columbia, S.C.,” he continued. “HOW CAN SHE ASK A 5TH GRADER TO JUSTIFY THE ACTIONS OF THE KKK??? WE ARE CONTACTING EVERYBODY FROM THE SCHOOL TO THE MEDIA. PLEASE HELP. PLEASE SHARE.”
He later shared another post positing what the reaction would be had the same homework assignment been given to Jewish children asking to justify Nazi behavior.
“Imagine a German teacher with the audacity to send a 10 year old Jewish boy home with a homework assignment that would even remotely suggest justifying Nazi actions toward Jewish people,” Cooper wrote.
He added, “That school system would be reprimanded immediately by the entire Jewish community in the U.S.”
He didn’t stop with the alternative scenarios.
“Imagine a male teacher with the audacity of sending a 10 year old girl home with a homework assignment that would even remotely suggest justifying the actions of the man that raped her,” he wrote.
“That teacher would be reprimanded immediately by the entire community,” he said.
Cooper has kept onlookers updated on the situation, and recently confirmed that the school had suspended Roberts.
He wrote, “The teacher is under investigation and is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. We met with the school district and principals. The school is sending home letters to every family today.”
“Oakpoint [sic] is a predominantly white school with mostly white faculty and staff, maybe this will lead to more black inclusion. It’s only right,” he observed.
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