According to reports, a student center in Utah was providing historical assignment packets that claimed “most slaves were typically treated kindly” in the United States and enjoyed “reasonable living circumstances and hours of service.”
Northridge Learning Center, a Utah-based authorized online resource “for non-traditional students seeking high school diploma course credits,” declared in a statement that it will no longer be selling courses that were accused of fabricating the history of chattel slavery.
Furthermore, they planned to rewrite their chapter on the Civil War, which had sparked fury among parents this week. Cognia, an organization that accredits primary and secondary schools nationwide, granted certification to the facility, which is a subsidiary of an agricultural company in northern Utah.
Parents became aware of the blunder this week and alerted the center. Nancy McKendrick, who first expressed concern, said her daughter was taken aback by what she read and quickly informed her. The girl was completing the package this summer to make up for a U.S. history credit she lost during the ongoing outbreak at her Salt Lake City-area charter school last year.
One chapter noted, “Many slaves worked so closely with their owners that they were treated like family.” It went on to say that “slaves were considered property, so it was not in a slaveholder’s best interest to treat a slave badly.” And it appears that many had appropriate housing, despite the fact that “human slavery is abhorrent, and many horrific deeds did occur,” according to the packet.
“It is challenging to address a subject like slavery, especially through an individual study package vs classroom discussion,” center spokesman Alison D. Bond said in a statement. “But we see how this portion can be improved,” she added.
An anonymous parent told the newspaper that reading those words would have “crushed” her Black kid. Several people who were aware of the occurrence expressed a similar sentiment. The University of Utah’s special assistant to the vice president of equity, diversity, and inclusion, Emma Houston, has requested that the center conduct a comprehensive review of its materials to avoid a repeat of this error.
“They were enslaved from birth and died enslaved. She told reporters, “I am just beyond words that someone would call that ‘nice.’” “This sounds like it was written in 1902.” Those who were slaves were not treated with compassion. That is a proven fact. They had their names, cultures, and everything taken away from them. It’s a matter of documenting history – not the history we want to see, but the history of how people were treated.”
Students can buy paper workbooks, which, if completed correctly and on time, together with other prerequisites, may earn them credit for a failed course or serve as an alternative to attending the class in person at their school.
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