Published: Tue, April 24, 2018

Students at Texas middle school asked to list 'positives' of slavery

Students at Texas middle school asked to list 'positives' of slavery

Eighth grade students were told to list the positive and negative aspects in the lives of slaves during their American history class.

A Texas charter school issued an apology after students were asked to list the positive aspects of slavery.

'To be clear, there is no debate about slavery.

A parent of one of the students in the class posted the worksheet on Facebook.

Also via Facebook, the superintendent of Great Hearts Texas schools, Aaron Kindel, offered a response to the offensive prompt.

"The description of slavery in the book was based exclusively on the author's historical view of the topic and the text has not been published or updated since 2007", they wrote in a statement.


Eighth graders at Great Hearts Monte Vista North charter school Wednesday were assigned homework that suggested there is a positive side to slavery. Presenting "slavery" as something with both positive and negative aspects is part of this effort to downplay the grievous misdeeds of the United States.

In a statement, he said: 'Asking students to complete such an assignment challenges the reality that slavery was utterly dehumanizing'.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who was raised in San Antonio, tweeted a photo of the assignment after it made local news. "Great Hearts Charter network should do a full review of its history curriculum and those who teach it".

Kindel said in his statement that the incident was "limited to one teacher at just one campus", and that the teacher has been put on leave while Great Hearts "collect [s] all the facts". 'It was a clear mistake and we sincerely apologize for the insensitive nature of this offense'. The superintendent says if necessary they will remove it permanently and replace it with a history book that accurately reflects their values.

We fully intend to make sure something like this does not happen again and will keep parents posted as we address this issue further.

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