How Many Slaves Does It Take?

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Geez. Yet another case of common sense being missing in action:

Two Manhattan teachers are in hot water over an offensive homework lesson that used killing and whipping slaves to teach subtraction and multiplication.
Public School 59 teacher Jane Youn, 32, sent the boneheaded questions home with her fourth-graders in January.
One question focused on a ship loaded with 3,799 slaves. “One day, the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 are dead. How many slaves are alive?” the question read.
Another word problem used the example of a slave who “got whipped five times a day,” then asked students to calculate the number of whippings he received in a month.



From what I read, the teachers may have meant well, as they were trying to get the students to combine what they were learning in their history class with their math lessons. But, uh, a little more thought here and they could have seen the inappropriateness of those questions.

Here is the full story.

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4 thoughts on “How Many Slaves Does It Take?

  1. ericjbaker says:

    Have you ever wondered if the news is just made up by a couple of drunk college kids? Because how could two teachers be so dumb?

  2. Where are the teachers who teach math by subtracting Irish people who are gunned down or starved by English people?

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