As far as African American children are concerned, most public school curriculums are culturally biased. I’m not sure if this presents a problem, or contributes to the education gap. However, be that as it may, I can understand doing something in an attempt to reach African American kids. You know, something a little more inclusive, and less culturally biased?
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.
“Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”
“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,” Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.
Roach said the teachers were attempting to incorporate social studies into math problems.
“We understand that there are concerns about these questions, and we agree that these questions were not appropriate,” she said. (source)
Umm, yeah – I’m not sure that was the way to go with that one. But then again, I don’t have the results of the “How many Jews can we fit in a oven if…” homework assignment. By chance if you do come across something like that, please let me know, OK?