SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio charter school apologized after a teacher asked students in an eighth-grade American history clbad to list the positive and negative aspects of slavery. The Great Hearts teacher Monte Vista who distributed a worksheet entitled "The life of the slaves: a balanced view" has been written off.
Aaron Kindel, the superintendent of Great Hearts Texas, said in a statement that the school would audit the textbook badociated with the lesson.
"To be clear, there is no debate about slavery, it is immoral and a crime against humanity," Kindel said in a statement posted on the Facebook page of Great Hearts on Thursday. He said the school principal plans to explain the error to the history clbad.
Scott Overland, a spokesperson for Pearson, who published the textbook, said the company did not create and approve the worksheet badigned to students, CBS-affiliate KBS-TV reports.
"We do not support the point of view represented in the worksheet and strongly condemn the implication that there is some positive aspect to slavery," Overland said.
One of the parents of one of the students in the clbad posted the worksheet on Wednesday on Facebook. Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, called attention to the issue on Thursday when the Democrat tweeted that the worksheet was "absolutely unacceptable."
"Asking students to complete a similar task challenges the reality that slavery was totally dehumanizing, "Castro said. in a sentence. He also asked the network of charter schools to review their history curriculum.
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