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Math problems ask about slaves picking cotton


Math problems used in an 8-year-old's assignment in Georgia. / Photo: ABC News

Earlier this month, a father in Georgia was furious when his 8-year-old son brought home his math homework, ABC News reported.

The homework included math problems that asked about slaves picking cotton, oranges and getting beatings.

Here are some examples:

“Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

“If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

A spokesperson from the school district in Gwinnett County, GA said the school was trying to incorporate social studies into math problems.

I think the problem here is that the math problems are extremely culturally insensitive.

They are not necessarily racist. The problem is that this country has such a foul history with slavery, that it would be impossible for this homework assignment not to offend someone.

Personally, I would be pretty upset if I had a child that came home with his assignment. Would you?

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