Teacher as­signed stu­dents to write ‘fun’ slave song

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A Howard County high school teacher has been dis­ci­plined af­ter en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to “have fun” writ­ing a slave song for an as­sign­ment as part of a les­son on abo­li­tion­ist Fred­er­ick Dou­glass.

Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Re­nee Foose told The Bal­ti­more Sun that she put the Mount He­bron High School English teacher on leave for four days last week af­ter learn­ing of the in­ci­dent.

Prin­ci­pal An­drew Cock­ley wrote in an email to par­ents Dec. 7 that the as­sign­ment was linked to a les­son on the “The Nar­ra­tive of the Life of Fred­er­ick Dou­glass.”

He said the ac­tiv­ity was cul­tur­ally in­sen­si­tive.

Ms. Foose apol­o­gized for the ac­tiv­ity and called the teacher “in­ex­pe­ri­enced” and the as­sign­ment “out­ra­geous” and of­fen­sive.

The teacher re­turned to the class­room Tues­day fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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