"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.