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Teacher asks Grade 8 students to list positives of slavery



SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio Charter School apologized after a teacher asked students in an eighth grade of American history class to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery. The teacher at Great Hearts Monte Vista, who distributed a worksheet titled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced Sight", was on vacation.

Aaron Kindel, superintendent of Great Hearts Texas, said in a statement that the school

"To put it bluntly: there is no debate on slavery, it is immoral and a crime against humanity", Kindel said in a statement posted on Thursday on the Great Hearts Facebook page. He said the director of the school was planning to explain the mistake to history lessons.

Scott Pearson spokesman Scott Overland, who published the textbook, said the company did not create the worksheet assigned to the students and does not approve of it. CBS member KENS-TV reports

"We do not support the view expressed in the worksheet and strongly condemn the implication that there is a positive aspect of slavery," Overland said.

A parent of one of the class's students posted the worksheet on Facebook on Wednesday. Representative Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, raised the issue on Thursday when the Democrat tweeted that the worksheet was "totally unacceptable."

"Asking students to perform such a task challenges the reality that slavery completely dehumanizing, "said Castro in a statement. He also asked the Charter School Network to review its history curriculum.

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