CONTROVERSY: Slavery references used in children's math homework
OUTRAGED PARENTS have hit out at a school in Georgia after their children were given math homework containing references to slavery.
Pupils at Gwinnett County school in the US state say they were left 'hurt' by the questions, which reffered to slaves picking cotton and recieveing beatings from their masters.
One math problem read: “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?.”
Another continued: “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”
Parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV: “Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade."
He added: “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”
Despite agreeing the questions were 'not appropriate', Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman, Sloan Roach, claimed the offensive questions were used to incorporate 'social studies' into the 8 to 9-year-old's [third grade] curicullam.
“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity. We understand that there are concerns about these questions, and we agree that these questions were not appropriate," she said.