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An elementary school teacher in Missouri has been placed on leave after asking students to “set your price for a slave” on an assignment.
The fifth-grade teacher, who has not been named, teaches social studies at Blades Elementary School in St. Louis, according to KTVI. The question was given during an assignment based on prices for commodities in colonial America.
The article goes on to state the following:
“You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers. You begin to get involved in the slave trade industry and have slaves work on your farm. Your product to trade is slaves,” the assignment reads. “These could be worth a lot.”
The Mehlville School District has reportedly placed the teacher on leave while an investigation is underway, and Principal Jeremy Booker sent parents a letter apologizing for the “culturally insensitive” assignment.
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