Saltus Headmaster Responds to Slavery Controversy

A post was spread over social media this week saying that some students at the Saltus Grammar School were asked to write an essay that discussed the “ better parts of Slavery.”

According to the post, during last semester, an entire school yeargroup were taught, among other things, that Slavery happened a long time ago, not all slave masters are bad because some threw the slaves birthday parties and that it was “better” being a slave because they got free food and housing.

Head of school Deryn Lavell issued a letter earlier today in response to the controversial assignment. It began by stating that Saltus is committed to fostering “ a diverse, open and inclusive educational environment” aimed at “ confronting systemic racism and discrimination through growth, learning and dialogue.”

According to Ms. Lavell, the school and its staff are currently working with culturally responsive practices and racial equity expert Dr. Vernee Butterfield to ensure that new cultural perspectives are incorporated into their coursework and curriculum. Dr. Butterfield will also work with them to ensure that their humanities units meet Saltus’ commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“ Racism has no place at Saltus,” the letter read. “ As part of our ongoing inclusion and diversity work, we are listening, learning and taking action to deepen confidence and trust within our community while cultivating a dynamic learning environment which inspires our students to lead us to a more just, fair and sustainable world.”

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