Again?: Parents Upset Over Slavery Homework Assignment In Georgia
Second school in state to pull this stunt
For the second time in three months, a Georgia school is in hot water over using slavery references in a homework assignment.
This time it's James A. Jackson Elementary School in the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro that has parents outraged. A 9-year old African American asked his dad for help with his homework and the question read, "A plantation owner had 100 slaves. If three-fifths of them are counted for representation, how many slaves will be counted?"
For the record the answer is 60. But that's besides the point, it's the principle that bothers people.
"I was just shocked because y'all did a story on this before and I thought they took it out of the schools," said the boy's father Christopher Jackson to Fox 5 Atlanta.
What makes it worst, is that it was a black teacher who gave out the assignment. But, Jackson says he is giving them the benefit of the doubt.
A similar story broke on the other side of town in Norcross in January. There, students were given assignments with slave math questions like: "Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" and “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week?”
The teacher responsible ended up resigning over the controversy and found themselves with one less job.
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