Black People : A slavery 'game' being used in schools

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    Use of an online game that simulates slavery has shocked and upset some Phoenix Elementary School District parents who say the tool trivializes a complex and potentially traumatic issue.
    Mission US: Flight to Freedom has students adopt the persona of 14-year-old Lucy King, an enslaved girl trying to escape a Kentucky plantation. Following a choose-your-own-adventure format, students navigate the plantation master's demands and plot a river escape, sometimes receiving beatings.
    Neal Lester, an Arizona State University professor and expert in African-American literature, said simulations can be effective teaching tools for certain topics — but not this one.
    "I just think it's a horrible idea to move slavery into the realm of gaming," he said. "Why does it have to be fun? Slavery wasn't fun."
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/11/slavery-simulation-game/752997001/

    Slavery-simulation game causes outcry at Phoenix school

    Some parents are upset the game trivializes a complex subject that elementary-school students may not be mature enough to understand.
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    In this 6-minute segment, Diane Murray's 6th-grade students play part 5 of "Flight to Freedom"
    and discuss how the Fugitive Slave Act impacted their experiences in the game.

     
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