21 November 2014, 09:21 PM
LOL, good point. I see similarities with Australia's Dick and Dora series of child learning books, (later copied in the US as Dick and Jane). They were described as very waspish. My mother, a teacher, said that nowadays, you are more likely to see Achmed and Junji rather than a Dick and a Dora.
'A plantation owner had 100 slaves': Elementary school under fire over students' 'racist' math homework question
By Daily Mail Reporter
Published: 17:36 GMT, 21 March 2012 | Updated: 20:26 GMT, 21 March 2012
A second school in Georgia has caused outrage by setting math homework with a question that references slavery.
Christopher Jackson said his nine-year-old son's homework from James A. Jackson Elementary School in Jonesboro, Georgia, contained a question that read, 'A plantation owner had 100 slaves. If three-fifths of them are counted for representation, how many slaves will be counted?'
This controversy comes just months after a similar incident at a school in the same state, which resulted in a teacher being forced to leave their job.
Offensive: Christopher Jackson complained after his son was set a math question referencing slavery
A teacher resigned from Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross in January after causing controversy by handing out Math homework that involved questions about slavery and beatings.
The third-grade maths problems - which featured such questions as: 'If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?' - sparked outrage among parents connected with the school, and led to a wider investigation in Gwinnett County in Georgia.
The school argued that the questions about cotton picking and beatings were an attempt to mix social studies with mathematics, but parents were horrified when their children brought the questions home.
Upset: Christopher Jackson said his 9-year-old son did not want to answer the math problem about slaves working on a plantation
Christopher Jackson expressed his shock that the schools had still not learned their lesson and removed any offensive questions from their teaching.
Chris Jackson, 9, told Fox News: 'Us blacks, we had to do slavery. Most of the whites, they were free and they owned us. We were treated as property.'
Jackson said he has given the African-American teacher who allegedly gave the homework the benefit of the doubt but other angry parents at the school have called for his resignation.
Homework: Nine-year-old Chris Jackson was not prepared to answer the question set by the James A. Jackson Elementary School
Earlier in the year, parents with children at Beaver Ridge Elementary were angered by the maths problems, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for the teachers responsible to be fired.
Among other questions deemed offensive in the third-graders' homework, one read: 'Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?'
A third said: 'Susan B Anthony was fined $100 for voting for president. She only had $25, how much more did she need to pay the fine?'
Inappropriate: James A. Jackson Elementary School are the second school in Georgia to cause outrage this year with math questions referencing slavery
Black father 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.'
Another parent, Christopher Braxton, said at the time: 'I was furious... Whoever put together this paperwork and everything else, the schools and everything else, shouldn't teach it this way.'
Beaver Ridge has claimed that papers containing the offending mathematics problems have since been destroyed to prevent their future use.
Parents Upset Over New Case of Math Homework Referencing Slavery: MyFoxATLANTA.com
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