Some parents are fuming after Georgia teachers used questions about slavery to illustrate math problems for a third-grade class. The questions stemmed from a social studies lesson on Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the leaders of the 19th-century abolition movement, Gwinnett County school officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
More than 100 students at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross were given a homework assignment that made references to slaves picking oranges and cotton. One question asked, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in a week?”
“These particular questions were an attempt at incorporating some of what students had been discussing in social studies with their math activity,” said Sloan Roach, a Gwinnett Schools spokeswoman. “One teacher developed the questions, another made the copies, and it was used in four classes.”
Parent Christopher Braxton told the Journal-Constitution he planned to meet with principal Jose DeJesus to complain about the assignment.
“The questions were outrageous and offensive,” Braxton said. “We don’t want to see any more kids asked these types of questions.”
Ed DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP, told the paper that the teachers responsible should be fired.
DeJesus said he could not comment, but Gwinnett School officials said they would work with math teachers to come up with more appropriate questions.
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