Homework assignment stirs controversy

Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – A homework assignment at a local middle school has drawn national controversy.

News outlets across the country are reporting on a parent’s reaction after her 11-year-old son, a student at Strong Middle School, was assigned a mock journal in which students were asked to imagine their lives as slaves in the pre-Civil War South.

District parent Jessica Gibson said the assignment made her bi-racial son, Taylan, feel “embarrassed to be black.”

Gibson said she told her son not to do the assignment and asked for an alternative assignment, which she said they denied.

Melvindale-Northern Allen Park school district officials declined to comment on the assignment.