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following the humiliation of living here when the Sec. of Ed. in this state attempted to remove evolution from the science curriculum, we now have this delightful bit of fancy, already being taught to our 3rd graders in social studies... A book loosely looking at Georgia's history contains a paragraph that says that during the 1800s, Blacks from Africa came to the United States to help with the harvest. lovely. The story below actually misquotes the book, the text of which was shown on TV last night.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- An elementary school in Fayette County has stopped using a supplemental history book after the mother of one student objected to its references to slavery.

Michele Mitchell -- who is black -- says she was offended when she read that slaves were "brought" to the United States to "help" others. She took her objections about the book called "The Story of Our Georgia Community" to officials at East Fayette Elementary School, which her daughter Onika Smallwood attends.

The books now have been stockpiled at the school. Last spring, a 16-member panel of teachers, administrators and parents responded to Mitchell's complaint. They asked third-grade teachers to stop using the books as student readers.

Last week the Fayette Board of Education denied Mitchell's request to remove the book from other schools. But the board also said teachers who use the supplement must use other resources to make up for the information it lacks.

Mitchell says she will ask the state Board of Education to ban the book -- which she says glosses over slavery and black history.

The book comes in a kit with maps and a teacher's manual. It is used in third-grade classrooms across metro Atlanta -- including some in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Henry counties.

Fayette County's social studies coordinator -- Cathy Geis -- reviewed the book before it was published and defends its use.

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Quote:"Fayette County's social studies coordinator -- Cathy Geis -- reviewed the book before it was published and defends its use."

In defense she said "These children need to know them darkies had it better when massa was running the show."



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Conquerors always reserve the right to rewrite history.

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Well then, people from New Hampshire should be writing those Georgia text books.
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Ugh. Yet another reminder to review my boy's books in detail when he gets older... shudder. How could something like that get as far as the classroom?
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What's the problem? We took poor, unfortunate people out of a God forsaken jungle, paid for their transportation to a better place, taught them to speak and read a writable language, rewarded them for superior service and gave them free time to shuck and jive! All we asked in return was a good days work. On the surface it would appear that we did them a favor!!






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What's the problem? We took poor, unfortunate people out of a God forsaken jungle, paid for their transportation to a better place, taught them to speak and read a writable language, rewarded them for superior service and gave them free time to shuck and jive! All we asked in return was a good days work. On the surface it would appear that we did them a favor!!






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Goddammit, twice in a row with this shite! What is the point of posting things like this? It is obviously not funny to anyone else but yourself and is offensive for the sake of being offensive. Seriously. I'm all for intelligent free speech, but you make yourself sound like some ignorant redneck with this rascist banter (which, given the benefit of the doubt, you may not actually be). Is your poor life so devoid of any meanful joy that you have to resort to this sort of crap to get your "jollies". And here I am, playing right into it, out of sheer frustration. If you have something worthwhile to add, it's one thing. This serves no purpose whatsoever and could make sensible people think quite poorly of you. This internet forum shock jock troll BS is going a little bit too far.+

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Why would you respond to such as that?
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Why would you respond to such as that?
Well, there are always two sides to every story. I guess I felt 'challenged'![;)]

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Why would you respond to such as that?
Well, there are always two sides to every story. I guess I felt 'challenged'![;)]
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