What The Hell of the Day: A full-scale investigation has been launched by Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia into controversial math homework, which asked third-grade students to calculate the amount of cotton a slave would collect and the number of beatings he would receive in a week.
“Who would think of such questions to ask third-grade children?” asked parent Nicole Thompson, whose 8-year-old brought the questions to her attention.
According to the school district, the questionable questioned were penned by a teacher who sought to “reinforce social studies lessons through math.” It has since come to light that the homework was seen and approved by all nine third-grade teachers.
“We are looking at what human resources actions may be taken so I do believe that is a hard stance trying to determine what does that situation warrant,” said district spokeswoman Sloan Roach.
NAACP of Georgia has called on the school to fire the teacher responsible and reprimand all other parties involved in approving the lesson.
“To trivialize the suffering of slavery, and to put in a word game in math work sheet is unconscionable,” community activist Jennifer Falk is quoted as saying.
Free Social Justice Resource for Grades 4, 5 and 6
The Junior World-Changers Kit is a fun and practical resource for teachers to introduce younger students to social justice issues and activism.
Free The Children is a Toronto based charity and the largest organization of children helping children through education.
This kit is divided into three parts: Educate, Empower, Engage. It is believed that if students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in each of these areas, they will become more globally aware, socially engaged and empowered to bring about change in our world.
Using hands-on activities, students will learn about issues such as clean water, education, child labour, health etc. They are encouraged to understand the daily reality for many of their peers around the world, while being provided with a positive outlet to turn their raw emotional reactions into constructive action.
The kit can be used consecutively or activities can also be picked out and used individually. The best news is that it’s all online and free!
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