The Texas teacher who received backlash after asking students to list the positives of slavery will reportedly be able to keep her job.
A middle school teacher at Great Hearts Monte Vista in San Antonio, Texas caused a great deal of debate after it was revealed that she asked students to detail the “positive” aspects of slavery. However, school officials say the teacher will be able to remain in classrooms.
The unidentified teacher gave eighth-grade history students an assignment in April titled, “The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View,”. The assignment received a firestorm of criticism after a parent posted it on social media.
“What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to do here?!?” the enraged parent wrote on Facebook.
“What positives? This is unacceptable and gross. There will most definitely be a parent/student/teacher/administrator meeting taking place ASAP!!!”
The student had listed out “forced strenuous labor, rape and forced religion” among the negative aspects of slavery and wrote “N/A” under the positives.
“After conducting a fair and thorough review we found that, while the assignment was certainly not consistent with Great Hearts philosophy, there was no harmful intent on the part of the teacher and the broader context of the treatment of slavery in the course left no ambiguity regarding its immorality,” Great Hearts Texas Academies Superintendent Aaron Kindel wrote parents this week.
“As such, the teacher will be re-instated after training is completed.”
The unidentified teacher had been placed on leave after the controversial assignment.
Take a look at the assignment below.