Sunday, January 8, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"

"If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"


These are math problems from a quiz for 3rd graders at an elementary school in Georgia.

Parents are of course outraged at the blatant racial insensitivity, as they should be.

Obviously using slavery as word problems is idiotic and, I even believe racist. I am not one to pull the race card, ever, and I think PC has run amok in this country. But these problems go beyond the pale.

I think the parents should be outraged for a different reason though.

The anger should be at just how far our public schools, and some of the people we hire to teach in them, have gone completely to hell.

What thinking adult would write a problem like one of those above and believe it is okay for an elementary class? Are they this thoroughly incompetent that it did not occur to them that it was wrong? Are they brain-damaged?

Punish them for the racism in the problems, I'm okay with that. But, for God's sake, start thinking about replacing them with someone with a little bit of intelligence while they're at it.


Brooke said...

What can you say in the face of such blatant idiocy?

Are they trying to outrage blacks? Insult or make guilty whites that today have nothing to do with slavery?

sue hanes said...

Chuck - This is a great post.

And one of the most important issues I will address in my platform while running for Presidet in 2012 as an American
Democratic/Republican (in alphabetical order of course)
is Education. And how we need to overhaul the system in order to ensure that each an every child in this Great Country of Ours gets a good, basic Education.

Meanwhile here is a lesson for you:

If one of the Founding Fathers wrote the Preamble to the Counstitution of the United States and in that said All Men Are Created Equal (wink wink) - how many Slaves would it take to pull his boots off at the Plantation that evening?

Chuck said...

Brooke, it's kind of like fanning the flames

Sue, thanks. Our education system needs a major overhaul but it is likely not to come.

sue hanes said...

Chuck - You are right as always.

Our top priority should - and always will be:

organized sports.

Chuck said...

Sue, I actually agree. If we could just get rid of all of the reading and writing, high school would be fun for the kids ;)

Always On Watch said...

Was this crap in a new textbook?

Always On Watch said...

The Preamble doesn't use the phrase All Men Are Created Equal.

Surely, you were joking in your comment.

cube said...

I'm not one to bring up the race card either, but this is just blatant moronville antics. Who hires these cretins and why are they teaching our children?

cube said...

Always On Watch: Good eye!

sue hanes said...

Chuck - : )

sue hanes said...

AOW - I was not joking in my comment however I was wrong about where the 'all men are created equal' phrase lies -so to speak.

I have a new blog about The Constitution and I noticed that I was wrong - since the Preamble to the Constitution did not contain the words 'all men are created equal.'

I am wrong more than I would like to admit - however I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong.

And you certainly were Right to call me on this one - AOW.

sue hanes said...

They don't call you Always On Watch for nothin' - do they?

: ]

Sam Huntington said...

"I think the teachers should be reprimanded for using that poor judgment, and an apology should be made," community activist Jennifer Falk said. "But the bigger question is how could something like this happen?"

Easy enough to answer: most teachers today are complete idiots. How is this possible? Ask the parents who never attend PTA meetings and only go to the campus to "complain" about their child being passed over for sports or cheer leading.

Incorporating history? Really? How about this: there has been no slavery in this country for 149 years. Are African American successes not part of US history?

Chuck said...

AOW, I got the impression the questions were written by the teacher.

Cube, just your typical public school cretins.

Sam, there has been no slavery in this country for 149 years. Are African American successes not part of US history?

By my reckoning that is 2/3 of our history.

Z said...

Brooke "Insult or make guilty whites that today have nothing to do with slavery?"


MK said...

I thought that was a joke. Good grief!

sue hanes said...

MK - Have you - by any chance - ever visited Ayers Rock aka Uluhru?

I once did a pretty fair painting of it because I found it so impressive and amazing.

Leticia said...

What text book did this come from?

That is blatant racism, plain and simple.

I would have confronted the school over this, you had better believe it.

My poor kids, they have such an activist mum.

Burr Deming said...

Well, you are on target this time, Chuck. And you do turn a phrase.

"Racism is Beyond the Pale" would make a pretty good bumper sticker.

Always On Watch said...

Thanks for the compliment.

Always On Watch said...

Why is a teacher writing problems? Isn't there a core curriculum in place?

Besides, if a teacher felt that the classes needed more practice with word problems at that level, there is a plethora of material to choose from.

Always On Watch said...

The article states:

School district officials said teachers who wrote the paper were not trying to offend anyone but were just trying to incorporate history into the math lesson.

Oh, really?

Maybe they thought they were avoiding racism by not referring to cotton?

sue hanes said...

AOW - You are very welcome.

Chuck said...

Leticia, I don't disagree although I wonder if it was simply more good old fashioned ignorance than racism.

Burr, thanks. I had not thought about the racism is beyond the pale bit. I have to admit it was unintentional.

AOW, idiocy. The point about standardized tests is an interesting thought. On one hand, I like the idea of teachers thinking for themselves. At the same time, this is the risk.