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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/
 

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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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PARENTS OUTRAGED AT SLAVERY-SIMULATION GAME IN PHOENIX SCHOOL
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A summary of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Misson US says it “immerses players in rich, historical settings” and “empowers them to make choices that illuminate how ordinary people experienced the past,” but some parents and advocates are saying it trivializes the most violent history the world has experienced.

One of it’s simulations, Mission US: Flight to Freedom has students play as 14-year-old Lucy King, an enslaved girl trying to escape a plantation, in a choose-your-own adventure format. Phoenix Elementary, whose district spokeswoman Sara Bresnahan told USA Today she was not sure how the game made its way to students, implemented the simulation in classrooms before blocking access in response to backlash on Tuesday.


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Oct 12, 2017 ... Parents outraged at slavery-simulation game in Phoenix school ... Phoenix Elementary, whose district spokeswoman Sara Bresnahan told USA ..
 

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