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Monday, January 9, 2012

Parents Outraged Over Racially Insensitive Math Homework

Just when I thought I had heard it all, something comes along that shocks the hell out of me. When I first read this article I had a puzzled dog look. How could an educator be so calloused with regard to the feelings of young people? Apparently an elementary teacher in Gwinnett County Georgia thought it proper to refer to slavery and slave beatings in the third grade math homework assignment. One question read and I quote, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week? 2 weeks? Well of course parents were upset when they read the homework assignment and immediately contacted the principal. The principal stated that it was an attempt to combine math and social studies and in retrospect a mistake had been made. NO KIDDING!!! I can think of a hundred ways to coalesce math and social studies without lowering children’s self-esteem. “'The teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,' Spokeswoman Sloan Roach explained to WSB-TV in their intended attempt to mix history with math, but the problems weren't given with any historical background confusing the students who asked their parents why someone was being beaten twice a day.” Sometimes I can be oversensitive, but this time I do not think so. What are your thoughts?

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