GA Parents Outraged: School Math Test Used Questions About Slavery

Parents at a Georgia elementary school are angry and demand an apology after the school set a math assignment that used questions about slavery and beatings, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  Parents whose children were students at Beaver Ridge Elementary School, Norcross, were outraged after their children brought home a math worksheet featuring questions such as “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

They were also asked, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”  Fox News

Christopher Braxton, whose eight-year-old son was given the worksheet, was “furious” when he read the homework. 

“Something like this shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” another parent, Terrance Barnett, added. “I’m having to explain to my eight year old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”  Fox News

School district officials said teachers who wrote the paper were not trying to offend anyone but were just trying to incorporate history into the math lesson. 

“Clearly, they did not do as good of a job as they should have done,” district spokeswoman Sloan Roach told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was just a poorly written question.”  Fox News

Beaver Ridge’s principal Jose DeJesus promised to offer more training for staff and help teachers come up with more appropriate questions.  But parents said the school has not gone far enough and are calling for an apology and diversity training for teachers and officials.  “I think the teachers should be reprimanded for using that poor judgment, and an apology should be made,” community activist Jennifer Falk said. “But the bigger question is how could something like this happen?”

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  1. Janet

    Ex-US teacher apologizes for slavery math lesson

    The suburban Atlanta teacher who resigned after an investigation found students were given math homework with word problems about slavery has apologized.

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