Parents Outraged Over 'Slave' Math Problems
Parents of students at a school in Norcross, Ga. are fuming at the Gwinnett County School District’s response to reports of a racially controversial math worksheet.
Third-graders at Beaver Ridge Elementary School received a math worksheet that used the following word problems, which referred to slavery:
-“Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”
-“If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”
District spokesperson Sloan Roach said that teachers were trying to integrate social studies lessons into the math worksheet for a “cross-curricular activity.” However, Roach said that she admits slavery was not a good topic to choose.
“This is simply a case of creating a bad question,” she said.
Though the school district said the math problems weren’t a good choice, it provides little comfort to the parents of the children.
“Something like shouldn’t be embedded into a kid of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, any grade,” said parent Terrance Barnett. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”
Though Roach said she wants to assure the parents that an incident like this will never happen again, the NAACP is calling for the dismissal of 9 teachers.
What do you think? Should Beaver Ridge Elementary School teachers be given another shot, or should they be fired due to the thoughtlessness of those math problems?
Via The Huffington Post