You can’t make up these stories. The other day I told you about two students who posed waving Confederate flags on the Gettysburg battlefield, along with a comment about purchasing slaves.
Yesterday a news story out of Colorado showed a group of students posing with guns and a Confederate flag as part of their prom celebrations.
Finally, we have the Maclay School in Florida, which decided to take their students deeper into the history of the Civil War with a reenactment that included the Confederate flag. Following a parent complaint about the flag, the school’s headmaster offered the following.
Maclay’s teachers are constantly seeking ways to deepen our students’ understanding of history. Project based simulations or hands on exercises are one way we help the students understand what history was truly like through experience and discussion. Our Civil War class this semester involved a reenactment of a battle complete with uniforms, flags, Nerf guns and in-depth discussions.
I do hope you weren’t drinking anything when reading that passage.
I agree with Marc Lamont Hill that in the case of the first two stories we are not talking about bad kids, but their apparent ignorance of the history of the flag is not an excuse. It is a wonderful example of white privilege, that these students do no have to worry about the racial implications of their actions.
It’s nice to hear from concerned parents in all three stories, but this is a teaching opportunity for the history/social studies departments at all three schools. Let’s hope they embrace it.