“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

It seems so somber to enter the New Year with Abraham Lincoln’s remarks on slavery that I second guessed posting it.

That lasted about three seconds. Slavery is too sinister to ignore.

In the US, January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and (by way of Presidential Proclamation) January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

So, how does one address this issue with a room full of 6-7 year olds?

From my perspective, there’s inevitable tension between the desire to talk about the problem and the desire to protect children’s innocence.

To balance these interests I begin with the historic context of slavery in the US and (of course) a picture book.

Henry Cole’s Unspoken is my current favorite starting point. There aren’t any words; and that makes for a great deal of student led questioning and inferring. With nominal guidance, they grasp what’s transpiring and the deplorable nature of slavery.

Objective #1 (awareness) accomplished.

Review of Unspoken


One thought on ““If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

  1. Pingback: Child Slavery Is Wrong No Matter Which Way You Look At It, But When You Find Out What These Children Are Used For, You’ll Be Furious | Pogobrain

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