A classroom experiment about discrimination at an Indiana high school turned into a nightmare after the teacher instructed students to post “Whites only” and “Blacks only” signs near bathrooms and drinking fountains, according to the Washington Times.
Students at Concord Community High School, near Elkhart, Indiana, were told to put up the signs as part of a social studies lesson about segregation. After an uproar, the signs were removed and the unidentified teacher, was placed on administrative leave, notes the report:
Concord Community Schools Superintendent John Trout said the assignment given to students Friday by a teacher at Concord High School was not previously approved by the school or school district, EAG News reported.
School officials removed the signs shortly after they were posted and talked to students about the incident afterwards, Mr. Trout said in a statement.
“Concord Community Schools appreciates its educators attempting to be innovative in their teaching approach,” the statement said, The Elkhart Truth reported. “However, methods and tactics that can be viewed as harassing or discriminatory to students and teachers are not appropriate and are prohibited in our schools.”
Was there a need to re-enact an atrocity that has been banned by law to teach an important lesson about segregation and racial discrimination? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
SOURCE: The Washington Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty