This is infuriating.
This is about as wrong as you can go.
I just read this article on Yahoo! about a school in Georgia having some very odd questions on their math homework. Questions like, "Each tree has 56 oranges. If 8 slaves picked pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" or how about my favorite, "If Frederick got two beatings per day, then how many beatings did he get in one week?"
Are you effing kidding me?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?
In the 21st century, you are instilling racism in the South to innocent minds. These children should not be answering questions like this on their math homework. And if I had kids and this is what I saw on their homework I wouldn't allow them to finish it. I would march up to the teacher and the administration and tell them exactly where they could shove their teaching methods. I'm sorry, but what douche-nozzle could even contemplate allowing such questions to appear in the mathematics curriculum?
Unfortunately, most people are aware that racism is not dead. I seriously wish it was dead and in the past. However, there are some people who seem blissfully ignorant that such horrors are still alive in our society. And it's proved by a comment like this from one of the parents whose child attends this school: "This outrages me because it just lets me know that there's still racists."
The school's reason for this racist homework? "The teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity."
Okay. So I'm pretty sure that there are other ways to do "cross-curricular" activities. Like, History and English or Literature. If you wish to teach kids about slavery, since it is a part of not only American history, but world history, that's perfectly fine. Teach them about slavery, about the people who stood against it, who fought for equal rights, for desegregation. People who took a stand only because their feet hurt (like Rosa Parks). Teach them about the Underground Railroad, and the families that risked everything to help slaves find freedom in the North. Take them on a field trip to museums, old Southern Plantations, etc. Every one needs to know their history, but they also need to realize it's history. As in Frederick shouldn't be getting beaten and then go fill his cotton basket, and after that go pick oranges with the other slaves.
The school district went on further by saying, "We understand that there are concerns about these questions, and we agree that these questions were not appropriate."
If you think they are inappropriate as well, then why the hell did you allow something like that in the curriculum? I completely understand that school is a lot different for youngsters than when I was in their shoes in the 80's and 90's. Everything is bumped up, it's faster, and it's more competitive. But me thinks they need to be a wee bit more careful about their "cross-curricular" activities and homework.
Because this is utter ridiculous and unacceptable.