There is an amazing story from a family sociology class at the University of Tennessee. I don’t know the whole chronology of the reports, but I read pieces from As It Happens, BET, the local news. The gist of it is that there was an ambiguous quiz question about Black slave families, and when a Black student named Kayla Renee Parker complained, it led to her making a rebuttal presentation to the class, and then the White instructor, Judy Morelock, going on an abusive, racist social media rant and getting fired.
Before the details, my conclusions:
- Good test questions are important, and as a teacher it’s OK to admit you’re wrong or there is ambiguity.
- Two things are true: Black families were devastated by slavery and as a generalization most Black children under slavery lived with both parents.
- There is a line, but not a straight…
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