Picking Your Price

Brynn Rippy

A teacher from Blades Elementary School  in Oakville, Missouri, asked her student to imagine that they worked in the slave trade. She told all of them, even her biracial students, to pick a price for their slave. “You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers. You begin to get involved in the slave trade industry and have slaves work on your farm. Your product to trade is slaves. Set your price for a slave. _____________ These could be worth a lot. You may trade for any items you’d like,” is the quote that Angela Walker saw in her sons folder, on a worksheet. They were also told to set a price on a bushel of grain, a gallon of milk and a piece of lumber. These were some of the other questions on the worksheet. The worksheet was supposed to teach the students about having goods, needing goods and obtaining goods and how the influenced early settlement in America. This worksheet was an attempt to address market prices. This teacher has been placed on administrative leave. NAACP is hoping to soon meet with the school administrators.