4th Grade Homework Assignment Asking '3 Good Reasons for Slavery' Goes Viral

As Thousands Of Schools Close One Struggles To Stay On

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It's unclear if the teacher who handed out the assignment is being disciplined. Sometimes, these assignments may center around sex education that parents don't agree with.

The shocking assignment aimed at fourth graders was met with outrage from parents.

Local news station Fox 6 Now reports that a teacher at the Our Redeemer Lutheran School gave students a homework assignment that asked them to list the potential positives and potential negatives of slavery.

The students at Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, were asked the question: 'Give three good reasons for slavery and three bad reasons'. I was in shock. Parent Trameka Brown-Berry, who is black and whose 9-year-old attends the class, posted the lesson to Facebook. Not only was my son in an bad position but the students who weren't black, because it's that sort of mentality of not being able to see from another's perspective and only seeing your lens - that's what risky.

Brown-Berry's son wrote on his assignment, "I feel there is not good reason for slavery".

"It was the fact that she wanted my African-American son to name three good things for slavery".

He finished the assignment with the note, "I am proud to be black because we are strong and fearless".

The mother of one of the students, posted a picture of the homework on Facebook, asking, "Does anyone else find my fourth-grader's homework offensive?"

"We understand that, as presented, the words used showed a lack of sensitivity and were offensive". In a letter to parents, he said "the goal of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that slavery is acceptable".

Brown Berry seemed extremely relieved with the school's response about her concerns.

In a statement to ABC News affiliate WISN News, the school's principal, Jim Van Dellen, said an apology letter was sent to parents, and the teacher did not explain the assignment correctly. He also ensured that these kind of situations would not occur again.

'Speak up, tell your story and voice your opinion because that is how you go about change. "That's what I was trying to model for my son".

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