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seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 02:56 PM

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An Andover family has contacted the Wichita Branch NAACP about a board game created by a Andover seventh-grader that centered on the Ku Klux Klan.
Dante and Terica Davis, who are African-American and who filed the complaint, said they're not against students learning about the KKK.
The offense, Terica Davis said, stems from the student's board game captions. One read: "You forget to clean your white robe so you can't go to the lynching. You are punished. Move back two spaces."
"It was never a 'black' or 'white' thing," Terica Davis said. "It's about decency."
Davis, who has a child in the seventh-grade class, took photographs of the game at a recent school open house.
Andover Middle School administrators said a language arts teacher was trying to put a fun spin on history research by having students create board games.
Andover district Superintendent Mark Evans and the school's principal, Brett White, investigated the matter Tuesday and spoke on behalf of the teacher who created the assignment.
"Her message to the kids was this was a terrible time," White said of the teacher, whose lesson included a novel about racism in the 1930s. "These things are unspeakable. It was amazing, the kids' reactions."
But Kevin Myles with the Wichita branch NAACP said the school failed to explain why the game was inappropriate or the history behind why it would be considered inappropriate.
"This is a middle school," Myles said. "We're talking about a 12- or 13-year-old who created the game.
"The problem is not the student. The problem and the responsibility lies squarely with the school."
Myles posted Davis' photos on his blog Tuesday, and said he plans to meet with school officials on the matter.
"They reinforced those notions by displaying it as though this were something that should be appreciated by the public," Myles said of the game.
Evans and White said they will reach out to the Davis family.
"We want people to understand the history of the world and the history of the country even with the blemishes that history has," Evans said. "We don't want student activities to be viewed as hurtful."
White, the principal, said he talked with the teacher about her "changing the world for the better" unit, which included students reading "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry," a novel about an African-American family experiencing oppression and racism in Mississippi during the 1930s.
The student was not trying to be offensive with the game, White said.
He said the student showed him fact cards, which were also a part of the game, that included questions about when the Klan was formed and why it used burning crosses.
"This was really heavy in his mind," White said of the student. "He wanted the game to depict what he learned about in his research."
White said he explained to the student why his game couldn't be played as planned Tuesday.
Davis said the game's display at the open house and the possibility for students to play it shows a lack of cultural awareness or sensitivity at the school, where the student population is less than 2 percent black.
"I blame ignorance," Davis said.
She did not complain about another student's board game on the KKK, which White said was not seen as offensive.
Evans, the superintendent, said the school will continue to teach historical lessons, "but we will be cautious of how we create activities, certainly, as part of conversations in the future."


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 03:29 PM

So what? A kid made a game based on the lesson and how the teacher required it, it seems. If the teacher didn't tell them what was or wasn't okay to use in the game then oh well.


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 03:34 PM

This is actually interesting and they take offense to students learning about KKK history from a game a student made based off facts?


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 04:48 PM

And the kid didn't know better?


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 04:54 PM

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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 05:04 PM

I love how they say that this isn't an issue about race after running straight to the NAACP.....

But meh, the kid obviously had no clue what he was creating. Or if he did then he's one clever 12 year old.
   
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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 05:54 PM

I think there are some parts of history you just shouldn't try to make 'fun'. KKK is something that should be taught seriously to the students, not turned into a game.


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 06:56 PM

I admit...If I came across a board game about Hitler and how many Jews to gas that day depending on where my piece landed, I'd be a little freaked. But the kid is only working on what he knows. Some subjects shouldn't be made "fun" of, I completely agree, but when you're working on so little information in such a strict assignment, what the hell else are you going to do?


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 09:39 PM

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This is actually interesting and they take offense to students learning about KKK history from a game a student made based off facts?
The issue at hand isn't whether the kid used facts in making the game, it's the way the facts are presented. Lynching was a fact of life for southerners, and the clash of racial cultures still has scars today. And I doubt the other students would learn what the KKK is without a skewed view if they just played the game.


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 9th 2009, 09:41 PM

all he did was complete his assignment. yea the kkk isnt really the best thing to try to make fun but he did what he had to do to get a grade and i dont think he knew that it would end up like this.


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 01:32 AM

I don't like the game, but that was an assignment. He had to do it and I guess he tried to put his own spin on things. Unfortunately, it ruffled some feathers.


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 03:54 AM

I have mixed feelings about this. Merely because of age. If that was a full blown teenager, who really understood what they were saying, it'd be entirely different.

He may have just happened to find the site that idolizes the KKK and decided to get his information from there. Explain to him that in America we don't want to think like that, put the project away and move on?



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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 04:32 AM

I had to make sure my South Georgian Redneck side was securely bottled up before posting here... He wanted to give the kid a high five.

Seriously though, in a primarily white community like that, what's to be expected? I still don't think its appropriate though, in any form. The KKK KILLED people. That's like making a board game saying "Your swastika was a little crooked, you couldn't go to the Jew massacre at the gas chambers. Go back 3 spaces" or "You didn't do your daily prayers to Allah, your suicide bomb only killed 4 people, go back 1 space"

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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 04:38 AM

I blame the teacher for not watching the students projects.


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 04:48 AM

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Does the article specify if the project was done at home or at school? Or have you ever been in a classroom of 12 year olds? If you can go into a class of 30 -12 year olds, and watch over every line every single one of them writes as they write it, then it's reasonable to say.



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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 08:09 PM

What I find interesting is that the other game based on the KKK wasn't seen as bad, but this one was. He's a kid, he probably didn't realize how bad it was, since they don't teach thow bad it was in 7th grade.


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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 10:57 PM

Or they could totally use this as an opportunity to teach them why this is bad. -_- Why have fits over it? Educational opportunities FTW.



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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 10th 2009, 11:31 PM

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Re: seventh-grader's KKK project draws fire. - April 18th 2009, 10:14 AM

I would say it wasn't the wisest thing to do, but in reality, it's all about perception when it comes to people doing things. He may have thought he was making an innocent game, with people in robes? Or, maybe, he knows what the KKK is about, and decided to do it anyway. There's no way of knowing, without asking the kid.



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