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US: Anger over slavery sums

2012-01-19 13:05

Lawrenceville - A spokesperson says a suburban Atlanta teacher has resigned after an investigation found third-grade students being assigned maths homework with word problems about slavery.

One of the problems read: "Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"

Another was: "If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"

Gwinnett County schools spokesperson Sloan Roach said on Wednesday an investigation has concluded into four teachers who gave out the assignments at Beaver Ridge Elementary. She says the school system accepted the resignation of one teacher but declined to elaborate on the rest.

Parents were angered by the math problems, and the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People had called for teachers to be fired.

Comments
  • Alfred - 2012-01-19 13:13

    Ironic, normally there's not a day that goes by without the NAACP using the slavery card but when someone else mentions it...

  • TaSaqz - 2012-01-19 13:21

    It is not like slavery did not happen. Why keep the information under the carpet for the kids? The same goes for apartheid right here in SA. Just talking about these things, not blaming anybody, not repossessing anything that we never had from anybody, just talking!!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-19 13:26

      I agree but it is an inappropriate medium , subject (maths) and audience.

      Graziella - 2012-01-19 14:55

      This is a sad attempt to manipulate ignorance. Even when the most educated fall prey to the tentacles of introducing race into an issue in an inappropriate way, one can well imagine the plight of dimwits who easily falter in the heat of the moment.

      Wim - 2012-01-19 20:59

      Yes, a good question would be: If Verwoerd could build one Soweto in 5 years, how many Sowetos could have been build by the ANC in 18 years, or if the white government could build 17 universities for blacks in 20 years why couldn't the black racist regime build one?

      Graziella - 2012-01-19 21:04

      Silky little argument!

  • Luke - 2012-01-19 13:59

    LOLZ...There's a Demotivational poster in there somewhere!

  • gareth.chapman1 - 2012-01-19 15:35

    I agree that the "problems" are really strange and that the teachers are clearly a bit touched. Surely "farmers" could have been picking the trees and Fredrick could have received 2 lollipops each day instead. The part I find ridiculous is: "National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People had called for teachers to be fired." Maybe I missed something, but the problems never mentioned "coloured slaves" or a "coloured" getting a beating. Just a little tired of things having to be about race all the time.

  • gerard.gustav - 2012-01-19 16:33

    The real question should be weather or not people would be just as upset if the math problem had used illegal migrant workers instead of slaves (not that there is much difference between the real world treatment of the 2 but who takes notice of that anyways)

  • Warwick - 2012-01-20 08:18

    Typical slave mentality that will never go away. What about one for Rwanda? If a Hutu clubs 20 Tutsi men to death in a day, how many Tutsi could he club to death in a week. What about the Holocaust or Cambodia. If the anc protection units necklaced 1 "informer" a day, how many informers could they necklace in a week.

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