Math Questions About Slavery And Beatings: Why You Should Check Your Kid’s Homework Assignments
Part of my job as a blogger is to scan the headlines. And this story that I found on ABC News completely blew me away: 3rd grade students in Gwinnett County, Georgia, were given math questions about slavery and beatings. The article quotes two such questions:
- “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight 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 one week?”
The ABC News report cited a school representative who said that the questions were an attempt to incorporate social studies into math problems.
Look, it’s critical for schools to take on sensitive topics in an age-appropriate manner. Having threads to link different subjects is important. And there will always be debates about some of the content in school systems (sex education, evolution, religion, etc). But this approach is simply an offensive method for introducing 3rd graders to the complex topic of slavery in this country.
So what’s the take-home message for parents? Stay on top of your kid’s homework – not just to track their academic progress, but also to monitor what they are really learning in school.Add a Comment