A Las Vegas teacher won't be reprimanded for allowing students to don KKK robes during a history lesson on the Jim Crow era, reports
the Christian Science Monitor
The unidentified educator employed by a performing arts magnet school was defended by peers, parents, and students alike, who say the teacher in question should have the flexibility to be "creative" with pedagogy. A minor controversy erupted over the wardrobe selection after a student posted pictures of class proceedings online. A previous incident involving the same teacher saw students dressed as Adolf Hitler.
"This teacher has my support," said Linda Young, the only African-American member of the Clark County school board. A professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas cited the importance of academic freedom in this case.
It's a trend that's prompted one official to warn instructors of the necessity of treading carefully around sensitive racial matters.
"Teachers need to be careful, and really know the culture and climate, and have a good grip on how the school will react," said Clark County school board equity and diversity chief Greta Peay. "I would not do this activity with K-12 students."
Via the Christian Science Monitor