Our latest cringe-inducing, jaw-dropping example comes out of SC, where a teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo has been placed on administrative leave after asking fifth-grade students to imagine themselves as member as the Ku Klux Klan.
The history assignment given to a fifth-grade class at Oak Pointe Elementary in Irmo reportedly asked, “You are a member of the KKK”.
“Yes because I got clothing, a job, medical care, food, education, and Protection”, the student wrote.
Tremain Cooper, who said his nephew was given this assignment by his fifth-grade teacher – claimed to be one Kerri Roberts – highlighted the work that asked them to consider the KKK’s goal and motivation. Students were also asked to pretend they were newly-freed slaves – and tasked with answering the question “Are you satisfied with your new life?” Cooper broke it down on Facebook, asking everyone to imagine how they would feel if a similar Holocaust-themed assignment was distributed to the students.
“Imagine a male teacher with the audacity of sending a 10 year old girl home with a homework assignment that would even remotely suggest justifying the actions of the man that raped her”, he wrote.
Again, students could give their own response. The assignment will “never again” be used in the district, she said in a statement.
The teacher, who was not identified by the district, has been employed in the Lexington-Richmond School District Five since 2006, spokeswoman Katrina Goggins told The Post.
The district said part of its curriculum is to teach fifth graders about Reconstruction – the era after the Civil War – and the KKK, which emerged during this period, reports CBS affiliate WLTX.
The school district said it is taking the matter seriously and has been in communication with the families and students “to let them know our actions and next steps”.
“We understand the seriousness of this matter particularly in light of the events taking place in our country at this time”, the statement added.