In Gwinnett County, Georgia, they thought it would be a good idea for elementary school kids to learn their math along with some mental imagery of slavery. This was a terrible idea:
Third graders in in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given math homework Wednesday that asked questions about slavery and beatings.
Christopher Braxton told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that he couldn't believe the assignment his 8-year-old son brought home from of Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross.
"It kind of blew me away," Braxton said. "Do you see what I see? Do you really see what I see? He's not answering this question."
The question read, "Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"
Another math problem read, "If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"
Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled.
"I was furious at that point," Braxton said.
As if there are not already enough ignorant white people in the South, still longing for the days of plantations and white supremacy. A school district that makes light of the subjugation of a whole class of human beings in teaching children about math.
I can’t find the words to say how truly despicable I find this to be.
UPDATE: Wed., Jan. 18
The unidentified teacher responsible for the questions has resigned.
A Beaver Ridge Elementary School teacher involved in giving slavery themed math questions to students has resigned, a Gwinnett County Schools spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.The unidentified teacher quit during a human resources investigation into the origin of the homework assignment. School officials said one teacher created the slave math questions, which used references to beatings and picking cotton to link a history lesson about Frederick Douglass to math computation. It was used in four classrooms.