Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Slavery Math Taught in Georgia Elementary School

As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution..."Gwinnett County (Georgia) parents and activists have blasted the school district’s response following reports that students at a Norcross elementary school received a math worksheet that used examples of slavery in word problems.

School district officials said the principal at Beaver Ridge Elementary School will personally work with teachers to come up with more appropriate lessons and will offer more opportunities for staff development following the uproar created by the worksheet that included questions such as the following: “Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” and “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week?”"

I hope 'work with' is a euphemism for 'escort from the building'.

Full Story (here).

James C. Collier


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Anonymous said...

What in the hell would even make a teacher think to do that?

Time for a new teacher.

Anonymous said...

Don't or shouldn't they have a uniform curriculum to follow? Or does each state do what and how it pleases?

Yes indeedy time for a new teacher, long past the time!!!

This keeps on happening as in the case of the slaves and masters drama that was put on a while back by that other teacher!

I suppose these teachers know there will be none or little sanctions against them and so they can do as they please.