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In the past there has been uproar over homework that some felt was racially biased because of context or content of a question.
How about a project - you are a president from the past, let's have dinner - something representative of the era, president is brought in as 'dinner'. Some of the offerings have been decorated with Confederate flag, a plate full of brownies and blondies. Am I just an old fogy, or does this have a whiff of being politically incorrect or biased? Should this be accepted and encouraged by educators and administrators? Just wondering.

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Just saw this! Interesting that no one commented. For clarification: Did this actually happen in a classroom? Who was the president being honored? Does make a difference if it is Lincoln or Obama. :-)

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Just now seeing your response. Yes Ma'am this did happen first semester of this year at a local high school. I do not have nor can I say who the president(s) were being honored. What I can say is students thought themselves quite clever and funny for bringing the items they brought.

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Interesting. I hope that the teachers listened carefully to the students explanation of their project. Good people may say or do insensitive things because of their lack of exposure to those who may or may not be offended. In Fayetteville, I have been impressed with the candor and openness that students use with one another. I think if anyone didn't see the humor in a project, there probably was a discussion about it. I will never forget our surprise in the late 50's when a black student from the south proudly displayed the Confederate Flag in her dorm room. She explained to us that in-spite of the history of slavery and the Civil War, she was proud of her southern roots. We listened . She had a lot to be proud of. She later expressed her pride by becoming a Freedom Rider and joined others of all races (Americans) to stop the unequal treatment for some citizens. The Confederate Flag represents more than 'hate' to some today. I think maybe the younger generation is moving towards the recognition that 'Americans' includes representatives from all over this planet. (And they're moving away from our concept of political correctness. I remember a reality. They view the 'hate' as past history. (That's what my grands share with me today. ). Gosh, I hope they're right! Thanks for answering my question.

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