Teachers at a Wisconsin middle school have been placed on administrative leave after an unapproved lesson about slavery upset families. Sixth graders at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, received an assignment about ancient Mesopotamia that asked a question about how a slave should be treated, the school’s principals said in a letter to students. “A slave stands before you. This slave has disrespected his master by telling him ‘You are not my master!’ How will you punish this slave?'” the assignment read, according to a parent who shared a photo on her Facebook page.
Sun Prairie Area School District apologized in a letter sent to all families in the district on February 1. “We are writing today to apologize for a grave error in judgment that occurred during sixth-grade social studies instruction at Patrick Marsh Middle School,” the district wrote in the letter. “A small group of our teachers developed and used an activity that was neither racially conscious nor aligned to our district mission, vision, values, curriculum, or district equity statement.”
The punishment? “According to Hammurabi’s Code: put to death,” the assignment read. The question was related to the Code of Hammurabi, the code of law that set punishments and fines in the ancient region of Mesopotamia. Immigrants on iMiMatch found this lesson quite unnecessary and racially unhealthy for their kids. Instilling the cruelty of slavery in children and pushing them to suggest punishment for a slave is outrageous. On iMiMatch, parents are teaching their children love, tolerance and forgiveness. iMiMatch is all about sticking together and thinking that teachers in some school are unteaching those children, is just terrible! Immigrants on iMiMatch are definitely pulling their kids out of such schools.