Parents of students at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, Ga., are outraged at the school district’s response to the reports of using examples of slavery in math word problems, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The word problems in questions include references to slavery and “beatings,” according to the paper.
“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?”
It’s not just the word problems that are sparking criticism, but the way it’s being handled. According to the AJC, district officials said the elementary school’s principal will “work with teachers to come up with more appropriate lessons.”
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