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Teacher resigns following 'slavery homework' outrage

OUTRAGE: Parents outrage over slavery references in children's homework

A MATHS teacher has resigned from their post after outraged parents complained about the homework they had set their children, which contained references to slavery.

Angry parents of students from Gwinnett County school in Georgia say they were left 'hurt' by the questions, which forced the eight-year-old's to solve math problems using offensive situations based on the slave trade.

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?”

Reports have claimed that it one unnamed teacher had resigned, while three others were remaining in posts at the primary school.

Shortly after the incident one 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] curriculum.

“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.

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