Monday, January 9, 2012

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

Sounds like a half-completed  racist joke by some fucked up nutcase down south, right? Well, it is and it isn't. It turns out that it's actual homework from a Norcross, Georgia elementary school.

According to ABC News, a father of an 8 year old in Beaver Ridge Elementary school in Norcross, Georgia came across the following questions on his son's "math" homework:
"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?" Another question asked how many baskets of cotton Frederick filled. 
"In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity," Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Thanks for the explanation about "this one," Sloan! But why stop there? Why not delve deeper into "cross-curricular" activities, like this math problem: "If Tommy's dad beats his mom twice a week, but she only goes to the hospital once a month, how many times does Tommy's mom go to the hospital in a year?"

Surreal. Truly surreal. Is it any wonder, any wonder at all, why our education system is increasingly an embarrassment of global proportions? These people are supposed to be enlightening our children, not filling their heads with violently stupid racist bullshit. But hey, you get what you pay for when you don't make investment in quality education a national priority. Well done, America!!

(H/T to http://www.politicalruminations.com)

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