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


It asked English students to "give three good reasons for slavery and three bad reasons".

"The objective of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that any slavery is acceptable - a concept that goes against our core values and beliefs about the equality and worth of people of all races", wrote Van Dellen in a letter to parents and students Tuesday.

Parent Trameka Brown-Berry, whose son was one of the students asked to complete the assignment, tells Fox 6 Now that she was appalled that any teacher would ask her son to think of good reasons for his ancestors to be enslaved by white people. The letter was shared thousands of times on Facebook and quickly provoked anger on Twitter as well.

"Give 3 "good" reasons for slavery and 3 bad reasons", the prompt read.

Principal Jim Van Dellen told the outlet that this was assignment was a mistake, though he declined to participate in an on camera interview.

Brown-Berry added that the teacher apologized to the class and that the principal was sending a formal apology letter to the school's entire student body.

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The kindergarten through eighth-grade school does not use state vouchers, Van Dellen said. It's unclear if the teacher who handed out the assignment is being disciplined.

Brown-Berry posted an update on Facebook Tuesday, thanking those who joined her in calling out the racially insensitive assignment.

"I feel there is no good reason for slavery that's why I did not write", he said to the first query.

Brown-Berry, in a different post, appreciated the quick response from the school administrator and revealed that Van Dellen addressed all her concerns and apologized for the assignment too. "The bigotry and anti-diversity feelings in this country lead people to believe it's OK to act like that", Goodson said, USA Today reported.

"I wanted to model for him what it means to voice your opinion and stand up for yourself and stand up for what's right. This particular assignment is no longer a part of our curriculum and we are committed to working with our families and our teachers". That is how you go about change. He also ensured that these kind of situations would not occur again. This did not play well with at least one parent and her son, according to a Fox 6 Now report.