Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Racism in Math Instruction

If a Georgia elementary school had sent home math homework like this in 1950, everyone would have correctly identified it as promoting racist stereotypes and degrading blacks.  From January 9, 2012 CBS Atlanta:

NORCROSS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – Figuring out how many oranges were picked by slaves and how many beatings per day Frederick Douglass received was allowed to help teach elementary students their multiplication and division tables at one school.
Administrators at Gwinnett County School District are sorting through the fallout from parents of children who brought home math homework last week that referenced slavery and beatings.
This was apparently part of a "cross-curricular" educational program tied in with what they were teaching in history and reading about slavery and Frederick Douglass.

1 comment:

  1. Good to hear from you again. Do not always agree with your take, but on the whole I agree with you. Keep on keepin' on.....