“I don’t dislike the people or the school,” Davis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I chose the teachers specifically and they’ve been awesome. This is a curriculum issue.”
However, asking fifth-graders to dress up for a war “simulation,” as the class was invited to do, sets them up for failure, she said.
“Toward the end of school break last week, my son walked over and said, ‘Mom, something happened at school.’”
Davis said her stomach dropped when he told her how one of her son’s friends, a white child, said he was dressed as a plantation owner.
When her son, who is black, asked why he would dress that way, the friend said, “We had to dress up so I’m a plantation owner and you’re my slave.”
As soon as classes were back in session Monday, Davis called and asked for a meeting.
As a woman who holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education, Davis said she understands curriculum and has no problem with “experiential learning” activities such as visiting the traveling museum held within the school.
“During the meeting, I asked about dressing for the Holocaust and they acted like that was absurd,” Davis said. “There is a visceral reaction.”
After the first meeting, the mother reached out to the school superintendent, the father wrote a letter to the principals and another meeting was set up with the school leaders.
During a second meeting Thursday morning, the parents expected an apology and some effort to change the curriculum.
Instead, Davis said the principals defended the curriculum and said no other parents had complained.
“They’ve done the same things for 20 years, but how they teach has to be updated with the times,” Davis said. “Just because you’ve done something for many years doesn’t mean it’s effective in 2017.”
In other news:
A Morehouse graduate was elected the youngest mayor of Birmingham, Ala., in modern history. Randall Woodfin, 36, beat Birmingham's two-term incumbent mayor, William Bell. Wood graduated from Morehouse with a bachelor's in political science. "It’s hard for me to know where to begin to talk about what Morehouse did for me," he wrote.