Train up a child?

The Bible teaches us in the Old Testament book of Proverbs to “train children in the right way and when old, they will not stray” (22.6).  So what am I to make of this story?  Fifth grade students were separated into two groups, “masters” and “slaves,” in an Ohio classroom in an attempt to reenact the auction block employed in American slavery.  It seems, at least to me, that the children are not the only ones who need to be trained.  But, we need to find ways to tell this story as a lesson to be learned from not one to be perpetuated, wherein we can only see our children and our grandchildren in these roles.  Certainly, this is not the right way.

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