Patrick Rausch, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at the School of the Arts in Rochester, New York, is under investigating allegations that the white teacher told his class of mostly black students to pick seeds out of cotton and put on handcuffs during lessons on slavery. In addition to the cotton and shackles, Rausch, who has taught at the school for roughly 20 years, is accused of referring to himself as “massah” during the exercises and allowing white students to opt out of the lesson, if they felt uncomfortable, but not black students.
When Black students said that they were not able to get out of the shackles, Rausch allegedly said, “It’s OK; your ancestors couldn’t either.” Read more
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Do lessons like these help or hurt interracial coupling? How far should a teacher go to express the atrocities that…
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