Math question involving slaves anger parents in US school
Hürriyet photoParents of U.S. elementary school students were enraged when questions about slave ownership appeared in their children's math homework at a school in Georgia, according to reports.
The homework given by teachers at the James A. Jackson School included math questions relating to farmers and their slaves.
"A farmer owns 100 slaves," a question read. "If three fifths of these slaves are chosen to work, how many will be going to the field to work?"
Parents immediately complained to the school board, but were turned down when the school reportedly claimed that the questions helped strengthen the students' math skills and refused to punish the teachers responsible.
A similar scandal occurred earlier in January at a different school in the same state when controversial questions appeared in children's homework.
There, students were asked questions such as "If there are 56 oranges in a tree and if each slave collects equal amounts, how many oranges will each slave have?" and "If Frederick gets beaten twice everyday, how many times will he get beaten in a week?"