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By Alex Johnson
The principal school principal in Virginia's Washington suburbs apologized for gym classes in which students were told to act as fugitive slaves The Black History Month.
"The lesson was culturally insensitive to our students and families," said David Stuart, director of the Madison Primary School in Ashbourne, Virginia. a letter to parents from February 1
The incident is particularly sensitive to Virginia, whose manager, Ralph Northam, has apologized after revealing a racist photo on his page at the medical school in 1984. , which included men in black and slaves Ku Klux Klan. Northwest rejects bipartisan appeals for resignation
The newspaper Loudoun Times-Mirror, who first reported the Madison Trust exercise on Thursday, said that pupils in 3rd to fifth grade physical education classes were given a game in which to play groups have dealt with an obstacle designed to represent the underground railroad, the network of secret roads that slaves used to escape into free states and Canada in the 19th century.
At the school council meeting last week, Michelle Toma, president of Loudoun NAACP County Head, told the board that she had learned about the exercise last month in a letter saying that students were given the choice of being a slave, shareholder or landowner.
But "slavery is not a joke," she said. Thomas said that children "do not have to go through slavery, we've done enough, we've paid enough."
She repeated, "You had children playing a runaway."
Linda Deans, a retired pedagogue, said on board that "if a black student walks on the floor in the dark while he re-introduces a lesson about a slave slave is an offensive educational strategy."
"Corrective action is now needed not the next school year, "Dean said. Stewart, the director, said in his letter to the parents that "this incident has revealed the need to further explore how we can guarantee that this will never be repeated."
He said the materials, the lessons taught in the teaching will be presented in a different way "to ensure that all students have a full understanding of
. He also said he would assign" fair / cultural "details that he did not provide.
Thomas told NBC Washington on Thursday she was "happy with the progress we are making. "