Third graders in Georgia were given worksheets parents considered racist, asking things like: How much cotton could Frederick pick?
A controversial teaching method has some parents in Gwinnette County Georgia refusing to let their children do their homework. WAGA explains. “My son did not bring his homework back to school... Angry Parent: “He’s not going to answer a question like this.” Reporter: “This question -- a math worksheet, asked, ‘Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick.’ The questions were part of worksheet that went home this week with third graders at Beaver ridge elementary.” Another question -- If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week? Two weeks? And a third offending question -- Frederick had six baskets filled with cotton. If each basket held 5 pounds, how many pounds did he have all together? So how did these questions end up in math problems for third graders? WSB tells the school district’s side of the story. Spokesperson: “The teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity.” Reporter: Spokesperson Sloneridge say the third grade teachers were attempting to cross-curriculums, adding some social studies lessons into math problems. But the problem with these questions -- there was no historical context. Spokesperson: “We understand there are concerns about these questions. We agree they were not appropriate.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes the school is made up of primarily minority students. “ The most recent accountability report for Beaver Ridge, which has an enrollment of about 1,200 students, shows that 62 percent of the students are Hispanic or Latino, 24 percent are black or African-American, and 5 percent are white, with 87 percent of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. The school was recently recognized as a Georgia Title I Distinguished School for achieving adequate yearly progress for six straight years.” The Journal-Constitution reports it isn’t clear if the district will apologize for its actions.