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Slavery and education in Georgia
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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