Cambridge Schools Respond to Tweet Condemning the Work of Imperialism


“It is important that our students learn about the different perspectives so that they can form their own opinions.”

A history assignment for a Cambridge rindge and a Latin school freshman that prompted students to list the “positive effects of imperialism” went viral on Tuesday after the student’s older sister, a local political activist, was found guilty. Posted the worksheet on Twitter.

High school senior Kaila Walsh shares her younger sister’s homework. The assignment required students to read about the colonization of Africa and then list the “positive effects” and “negative effects” of imperialism.

Walsh posted a picture of the worksheet and condemned it, writing, “Forcing students into the mental exercise of justifying/rationalizing genocide because of its perceived ‘positive effects’ perpetuates genocide and makes them an imperial war machine.” Inspires to support.”

Walsh went on Note that the assignment came from “a public high school in one of America’s most ‘progressive’ cities – Cambridge, MA”.

“It is not just banning Republicans (Critical Race Theory) who are revising history – racist, imperialist revisionism is a major objective of the *entire* American education system,” she wrote.

The tweet thread quickly exploded online. As of Wednesday morning, the initial post had garnered over 200,000 likes and more than 18,700 retweets.

Outspoken activist Walsh has become a prolific voice for young progressive ideas in Greeley Tribune’s online political arena in recent years, In particular, Generation Z exerts its influence on the politics of the region. He has more than 17,000 followers on Twitter.

Many who looked at the assignment supported Walsh’s thinking, although others wrote that the purpose of the exercise was to get students to consider different perspectives as an exercise in critical thinking.

“Isn’t it possible to enlist the positive effects of imperialism without supporting it and recognizing the enormous negative effects?” One person wrote. “How else do we understand why imperialism happens in the first place?”

Walsh’s 15-year-old sister, Seuss, wrote on the assignment: “I think asking us to recognize the positivity of imperialism, which killed thousands and contributed to slavery, is grossly demeaning and disrespectful to those whose Ancestors were murdered because of colonization.”

sis walshow said Greeley Tribune Globe On Tuesday she was upset with the assignment as Reading appeared to soften the gravity of the killing of Africans and theft of their land and other resources. The readings provided included phrases that said European colonists “gained land” or “taken control,” she said.

“It was very biased, and it didn’t really tell us the truth,” she said. “Positive effects are often only positive for the oppressor.”

Seuss Walsh also told the newspaper that she brought her concerns to her teacher, who agreed, saying the lesson was part of the state curriculum. However, he plans to give students other reading assignments with different perspectives as the unit continues, he told her.

Cambridge Public Schools said in a statement to Greeley Wednesday morning that the activity was a “note-taking exercise as students read through a chapter. era of imperialism A unit designed to start a conversation and to teach students how to think critically about how imperialism is written.”

“It is important that our students learn about the different perspectives so that they can form their own opinion,” the officials said.

Cala Walsh is “not a student of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School,” the statement continued. Officials said she “did not have direct knowledge of the context of the lesson nor the class discussion.”

Read full statement:

In our endeavor to teach from a holistic perspective, we try to analyze historical events from as many perspectives as possible in order to better understand the impact and implications of world events on those affected. While the textbook predates the 2018 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s History and Social Science standards, it is used alongside a wide range of resources, including Facing History and Ourselves and material from Brown University’s Choice Program. The curriculum conforms to DESE Instructional Standards.

The activity was a note-taking exercise when students read through a chapter in era of imperialism Unit designed to spark a conversation and teach students to think critically about how imperialism is written. It is important that our students learn about the different perspectives so that they can form their own opinion.

The person who shared a partial image of the assignment is not a Cambridge Rindz and Latin School student. They had neither direct knowledge of the context of the text nor the class discussion.

calla walsho replied on twitterWriting: “I wish I had Twitter in second grade so I could expose (Cambridge schools) for dressing up in racist costumes of indigenous people and singing the infamously racist song ‘I am an Indian’.”

The song was part of a performance for “Peter Pan”, she wrote. (Disney’s production of the children’s story included a musical number titled, “What Makes the Red Man Red?” Cala Walsh included a screenshot Of a wikipedia webpage “I’m an Indian Too,” narrating the song from the 1946 Irving Berlin musical, “Any Get Your Gun”.)

“I wonder if they would have used the same excuse that it ‘sparks the conversation,'” she wrote.

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