Georgia School Uses Slavery In Math Word Problems, Parents Mad As Hell
2 slaves + 1 teacher = 100 angry parents
A Gwinnett Country, Georgia school has found itself in a bit of hot water.
Evidently, teachers at Bever Ridge Elementary thought it would be a grand idea to incorporate some American history into their math classes. But instead of teaching the kids how many years are in a presidential term or how many states make up the country, they asked questions like these:
"Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"
“If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week?”
Clever stuff right?
Well, parents in the community didn't think so, which is why they are demanding an apology and diversity training for the teachers and district officials.
“It kind of blew me away,” said Christopher Braxton, the father of a Beaver Ridge student. “I was furious. ... Something like this shouldn’t be embedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade.”
“I think the teachers should be reprimanded for using that poor judgment, and an apology should be made,” Jennifer Falk, a local activist. “But the bigger question is how could something like this happen?”
In case you are wondering, 62% Beaver Ridge's students are Hispanic or Latino, 24 percent are black or African-American, and 5 percent are white.