Leander ISD no longer issuing controversial homework assignment on slavery
A Central Texas middle school will no longer hand out an assignment instructing students to draw themselves as slaves.
Tonya Jennings says her seventh grade daughter's social studies class at Four Points Middle School was given an assignment instructing them to draw themselves as a slave and describe what their senses would be like as a slave.
The school says they met with Jennings on Monday and tells CBS Austin the assignment was approved and provided by the Texas Education Agency.
"I get they maybe thought it would be empathetic, that didn't work," Jennings said.
It was part of a 16-page assignment Jennings says her daughter won't be completing.
Leander ISD says the assignment had been handed out for years and released the following statement on Monday:
"Every department at LISD does team-level planning of lessons drawn from Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and district curriculum. Sample lessons and materials are made available for teachers to create their classroom material. There is no individual approval process for homework assignments or lesson plans. This assignment has been used in years past by LISD social studies teachers, and this is the only complaint LISD has received to date."
Leander ISD said the goal of the assignment was to help familiarize students with the civil war and slavery.
CBS Austin reached out to the Texas Education Agency for a response and is still waiting to hear back.