Several teachers in Wisconsin have been suspended after middle-school teachers set penalties for slaves for assignments given at the beginning of the Black-History Month. The school eventually apologized to the parents for backing up on controversial research, which it considered a “serious error in judgment”. Newsweek reported.

“First day of Black History Month and it was released to my 6th grader at Patrick Marsh Middle School !!!” Read a Facebook post by Dazarrea Ervins, Who alerted the Sun Prairie Area School District of the issue.

History lessons asked sixth-graders at Patrick Marsh Middle School how they would punish a slave who insulted his master and told them, ‘You are not my master.’ ‘It was intended to portray the politics of ancient Mesothotamia. The students applied an ancient law called the Hammurabi Code for various situations, NBC 15 reports. The school said that such a disobedient servant would be killed.

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Parents were not happy with the assignment.

“I can’t believe what I was reading,” Ervince said. The “surprised” mother reported that her son Zayvian brought her the assignment with a “strange look” on her face that I had never seen before. “

“I can see how they are learning about this era, but the question and the wording of the statement – it was just wrong,” she said.

Ervin’s son furthers his mother’s sentiment by writing: “It makes me think of how they would treat me if they stayed with me in class. What would they think of me, and would they treat me like that? Like I was an outsider. ” I feel scared and insecure? “

It was not just parents and students who were offended by the assignment.


“I couldn’t believe it was honest with you,” said Michael Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Told channel 3000. He Said that “I have been told that all training has gone through teachers, I think that was a bad decision.”

The Sun Prairie Area School District announced that they had placed teachers on administrative leave in line with district policy, and would continue to investigate the incident. The Wisconsin State Journal has reported that the question matches teachers’ salary of $ 4 a lesson from teachers, an online marketplace for educational content that was outside the school’s curriculum. TPT has since removed the lesson from its website.

Representatives of Patrick Marsh Middle School have apologized for the assignment in a statement.

“We are writing today that an apology should be made for a serious error in the decision made during the instruction of sixth grade social studies at Patrick Marsh Middle School.” “A small group of our teachers develop and use an activity that was neither racially aware nor associated with our district mission, vision, values, curriculum, or district equity statement.”

The school representative said the lesson “is not in line with the school board’s vision for this school district, our commitment to equity and cultural accountability or the growth opportunities invested by our employees.”