Monday, February 20, 2017
Must not mention slavery
Parents of students at Windsor Hills Elementary School in Los Angeles are outraged after second-graders at the school received a math homework assignment last week that contained a word problem with racial undertones.
NBC News reports that students received the following word problem as part of their math homework:
The master needed 192 slaves to work on plantation in the cotton fields. The fields could fill 75 bags of cotton. Only 96 slaves were able to pick cotton for the day. The missus needed them in the Big House to prepare for the Annual Picnic. How many more slaves are needed in the cotton fields?
Karol Gray’s 7-year-old granddaughter had questions about her homework assignment Thursday and showed it to her mother. Gray said she was shocked at what she saw.
“Although it has racial undertones, I feel the worse undertone is, ‘What are we teaching our children?’” Gray said.
Windsor Hills is a gifted magnet school known for its math and science programs.
I’m sure it’s no coincidence that a homework assignment with a problem regarding slavery was given to young black students during Black History Month.