ATLANTA-Third grade students in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given math homework with references to slavery and beatings. A spokesman for Gwinnett County, Ga. claims that the questions were made to incorporate social studies into the math curriculum.
One math problem was “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?.” Another read “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”
ABC News reports:
“Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”
“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,” Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.