By Tom Z
10:42 AM EST, February 25, 2013
A New York public school is in trouble for handing out an assignment known as “Slavery Word Problems Homework,” which, as you can probably guess, included some questions that many parents found troubling. In fairness to the school, this assignment came to light when one teacher refused to hand it out to her students. From Salon.com:
When a fourth-grade teacher asked student teacher Aziza Harding to make copies of the worksheets, Harding was stunned to see that it was a “Slavery Word Problems Homework” assignment. The word problems included the questions, “In a slave ship, there can be 3,799 slaves. One day, the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 are dead. How many slaves are alive?” and, “One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)? Another slave got whipped nine times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month? How many times did the two slaves get whipped together in one month?”
Harding took it upon herself to copy a different assignment instead, writing the assigning teacher a note saying she wasn’t comfortable with the questions.
You know, it's not just scholastic tests that are racist. I went to get my driver’s license renewed the other day and one of the questions was "cars:gasoline::blacks:welfare. T/F?" I found that very insulting and unnecessary.
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