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GA School Uses Slavery In Math Questions

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Norcross parents upset by slavery in school math worksheet

By Joel Anderson and David Ibata
Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gwinnett County parents and activists have blasted the school district’s response following reports that students at a Norcross elementary school received a math worksheet that used examples of slavery in word problems.

School district officials said the principal at Beaver Ridge Elementary School will personally work with teachers to come up with more appropriate lessons and will offer more opportunities for staff development following the uproar created by the worksheet that included questions such as the following:

“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?”

That didn’t go far enough for some parents at the school, where a majority of the students are minorities. They called for an apology and diversity training for the teachers and district officials.

“That’s how people learn from one another and that’s how we all grow,” said Jennifer Falk, a community activist who recently had two children graduate from Gwinnett high schools. “Intentionally or not, this was inappropriate.”

It’s a little confusing to see that this upset "a community activist."

Especially, since the school seems to have wanted to teach the students all about America’s ‘sins’ as early and often as possible:

School district officials said teachers were attempting to incorporate history into their third-grade math lessons.

“Clearly, they did not do as good of a job as they should have done,” district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said

Yes, they got caught.

Under district policy, the worksheet should have been reviewed before being handed out to students, but that process was not followed in this situation

We are supposed to believe that every math question gets reviewed by the school district?

Roach said she wasn’t sure whether Beaver Ridge teachers and staffers had diversity training recently, but she said DeJesus would be open to meeting with parents who had any further questions about the assignments.

It sounds to us like the teachers there have had too much "diversity training."

Falk said the district needed to do much more to make things right

Perhaps including cash payouts to the offended third graders.

The most recent accountability report [sic] for Beaver Ridge, which has an enrollment of about 1,200 students, shows that 62 percent of the students are Hispanic or Latino, 24 percent are black or African-American, and 5 percent are white, with 87 percent of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch

Ah, the gorgeous mosaic at work.

Maybe the questions should have been based on these numbers. For instance, ‘if Beaver Ridge has 1,200 students and 87 percent qualify for a free or reduced lunch, how many of them still eat at McDonald’s?’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “GA School Uses Slavery In Math Questions”

  1. untrainable says:

    School district officials said teachers were attempting to incorporate history into their third-grade math lessons.

    Perhaps the “math” teachers should be more worried about incorporating MATH into the math lesson, and let the History teacher worry about the history. At least the history teachers are more experienced at covering their indoctrination techniques. They never would have been so easily caught expressing their views within the context of a lesson. They’ve spent decades destroying our history, let them do what they know. Don’t math teachers have a hard enough time teaching kids that 2 + 2 = 5? Concentrate on your strengths.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Along those lines, there is potential for backlash in all this.

      Years ago, while still in the USAF, I was chatting with some Luftwaffe pilots at the O’club and they were telling me that all throughout their school years, they were indoctrinated to believe that “being German is bad” because of the Nazis and WW II. They, themselves, however felt that was all BS propaganda. Not that it didn’t happen, but that they are of a different generation that doesn’t think like that and see nothing wrong with being proud to be a German.

      I believe that some of the kids coming up these days will still find reasons to be proud to be Americans. That there is no shame in being white or black or anything, really. It all comes down to personal character, etc.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Maybe the questions should have been based on these numbers. For instance, ‘if Beaver Ridge has 1,200 students and 87 percent qualify for a free or reduced lunch, how many of them still eat at McDonald’s?

    For the win

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      But wait, there’s more!

      If 87% qualify for free or reduced cost meals, how is that “fair”? I thought, based on the definition of fair, that it means: : marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair

      So one must beg the question, “What is the criteria for kids getting free meals? And how is it assessed?” Is it solely minority kids who get them or can white kids get them too?

      Indeed, the left has painted themselves into a corner with all this fairness crap. They always do and always will because the tarp gets pulled off and we all see the rotted wood underneath that’s holding up a weakly-built, poorly designed structure of lies, incorrect assumptions and biased criteria, as well as money-funneling. But what’s the problem, eh? It’s “free cash”.

  3. JohnMG says:

    No mention of the race of the offending teacher(s), which makes me wonder why. Normally if it was a white person that fact would be prominent in the first couple of sentences.

    I’m really getting weary of having to bow and scrape–not to mention pay reparations–to (insert your favorite offended constituency here) every time someone gets their feelings hurt.

    I want my country back.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    87 percent qualify for a free or reduced lunch!!??

    So it’s safe to say that since 62 percent of the students are Hispanic or Latino, 24 percent are black or African-American, 100% of them qualify for free lunch, leaving the last 14% to qualify for the 1% of free lunch eaters, equaling the 87% total?

    What are the odds that ALL black kids and ALL hispanic kids qualify for free lunch? They qualify based on their RACE, not their income. Because, as I have said before, TITLE 1 schools (% of minority and / or poor children) is a CASH COW for the district. They fudge the numbers (or don’t look at their actual income) so that they get extra funding. They also do their best to label minority children as E.S.L. or DISABLED learners so those students’ terrible test results are not counted against the school. -Increased scores are also linked to state and federal funding. –Or do like they did in Atlanta, they just erase wrong answers to increase test scores. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/07/05/georgia.school.cheating/index.html

    At Dianne Feinstein Elementary, of the nine students in Kayce’s class on a recent morning, four are black. That’s about par for the course. Although black students make up just 10.8 percent of the San Francisco Unified School District’s population, 22.8 percent of special-education students and 47 percent of “emotionally disturbed” students are black.
    http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/san-franciscos-special-education-classes-filled-disproportionate-amounts-minority-stud

    —————————-
    As far as the ridiculous slavery /beatings questions, LIBERALS GOT CAUGHT UPSETTING LIBERALS. If it was a predominantly white school, such questions would be allowed to stand, as making white kids feel ashamed would trump any minority complaints. This time, they got caught propagandizing to minority kids without sending out the memo that the intention was to inflame them against white people. Their own strategy backfired this time, they should have sent out the warning memo first… Don’t expect even a wrist-slap, as the wires got crossed as to whom the insult was really intended for.

  5. canary says:

    The government’s agenda is 2nd graders will know all the parts of the body and sexual vocabulary and how to reproduce. Lord help those 7 year old girls still in the baby doll stage.

    Fifth grade they will learn all the different sexual orientation and genders.

    And you can bet they’ll be asked every year what their sexual identity will be so a boy doesn’t get in trouble for peeing in the little girls rest room.

    Oh great, I read on huff’s that Oklahoma will be asking potential employers their sexual orientation and the gays are really happy about this. I think they should be angry for being asked and having to tell.

    Oh a good note it will be good to get a heads up for potential liability issues in setting things straight.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    BTW – never forget that it was Democrats who created the Ku Klux Klan as a weapon to rape, beat and murder their way back into power after their failed determination to keep slavery as an American institution resulted in the deaths of 600,000 and uncountable ruined lives and businesses and the destruction of a third of this Nation’s economic base.

    That the Democrats and slavery and the Klan are synonymous is best understood by the moniker proudly displayed by the Democratic Party at their 1924 Convention in NYC – they proudly called it the KlanBake.

    But hey, gummint teachers are so stupid they couldn’t possibly be expected to know such things. Let alone teach Truth.

  7. Astravogel says:

    From Scientific American, January 2012, Page 86
    “To figure the volume of a cylinder of Mozzarella
    cheese, use the following formula: For the radius
    of the cylinder, “z” For the height of the cylinder,
    use “a”, then, using Pi, the formula is:
    Pi z z a”

    Now this is math the kids could get their teeth into!

  8. canary says:

    GetBackJack/ your right. And this country has long ignored “hardcore” Democrats in Working Unions secret on the side racist bigoted good ole whites only boy club. They are still out there. One ‘national’ secret fraction (though holding a union symbol of approval started in approx 1928 in the basement of bowling alley still meets only now for ludicrous fun, though still enormously politically pro-Democrat no matter what. Union over God and Country I kid you not.

  9. wirenut says:

    Really? If 200 nazi death camp workers can burn 4000 jews in 24hrs, how many can the 200 claim in 10hrs? Come on! What kind of garbage is this? My math question is.
    Calculate the cost to the U.S.A., for the freedom of just Europe, in the last 100yrs. Now the world. Oops! Get my message? I don’t feel guilty for what’s right. Guilt is taunt by the pathetic.


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