Georgia Middle School Incorporates Slavery Into Math Problems

Devil's arithmetic.

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Beaver Ridge Elementary in Norcross, Georgia thought including slavery in a math problem for eight-year-olds was the best way to execute a "cross-curricular activity." Believe it or not, "Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" was actually a problem given to these kids to solve.

This was all part of a Frederick Douglass lesson, which explains why "If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?" was another question. The school claims it just wanted inject some social studies into its math problems; they call it social studies, we call it social irresponsibility.

[via Gawker]

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