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# Math homework asks slavery questions:

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1 wuggles9th Jan 2012 03:05:43 PM from Miami, FL , Relationship Status: With my statistically significant other
I just wanted to share this story and get your thoughts. Elementary schoolers in Norcross, Ga. got math word problems such as "If Fred got 2 beatings per day for a week, how many beatings did he get" and "Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" WTF? Why would they do this?. That question's like saying "If Klaus threw 50 Jews in the ovens per week, how many did he kill in a month"? Luckily they are investigating the teachers who did this.
...huh.

I'm reminded of the book Matilda. If you're going to do something bad, do something so outrageous that nobody will believe it when you try to tell someone.
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3 Grain9th Jan 2012 03:10:09 PM from South Northwest Earth
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The purpose was to cross curriculums, to make education interdisciplinary. It's been admitted that it was a poor choice.
4 Pykrete9th Jan 2012 03:27:17 PM from Viridian Forest
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What the fuck?

This is like the kind of train wreck I'd expect to see South Park or the Onion come up with.
Yeah, see, this would have been a good idea if the topic they were crossreferencing wasn't a brutal violation of human rights. I can see it, like...

'George the Spider Monkey eats 5 apples a day! How many apples does he eat in a week?' or something when they're learning about animals. But...
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6 lordGacek9th Jan 2012 03:43:01 PM from Kansas of Europe
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Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?

My bro's suggested correct answer: "TOO FEW! [crack of whip]"
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7 Pykrete9th Jan 2012 04:17:04 PM from Viridian Forest
NOT THE BEES
I remember my physics teacher asking questions involving Star Trek redshirts beaming down onto an alien highway and your baby sister's high-viscosity drool accelerating toward your \$2000 motherboard, so I'm in no way averse to weird shit in story problems.

But...I mean, seriously. What idiot thought this one had any hair of a possibility of ending well?
8 ohsointocats9th Jan 2012 04:20:29 PM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Huh, and here I was thinking that this was going to be on the 3/5 law when learning fractions.

"Wilson the slave owner owns 150 slaves. He gets 3 votes for every 5 slaves. How many votes does he get?"
9 MajorTom9th Jan 2012 04:24:09 PM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
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"Wilson the slave owner owns 150 slaves. He gets 3 votes for every 5 slaves. How many votes does he get?"

Not enough to stop Lincoln from becoming President.
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10 BlueNinja09th Jan 2012 04:29:51 PM from Lost in a desert oasis , Relationship Status: In my bunk
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"If Fred got 2 beatings per day for a week, how many beatings did he get"
14.
"Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"
7 each.
"If Klaus threw 50 Jews in the ovens per week, how many did he kill in a month"
If we're counting "one month" = "four weeks", or if that month is February*, then it's 200. Assuming that the month has 30 days, then it's 214.29 (which I guess the .29 counts as a 10 week pregnant mom?) or 221.43 for a 31 day month. disclaimer

WTF? Why would they do this? - wuggles
I can think of a few reasons - 1) to highlight the pain and misery of slavery (or the Holocaust) with the math problems, 2) to get more students to engage compared to more boring/normal word problems.

this would have been a good idea if the topic they were crossreferencing wasn't a brutal violation of human rights. - Katrika
There are a great, great number of things in history that today would be counted as brutal violations of human rights. Does that mean they shouldn't be part of a school curriculum?
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11 lordGacek9th Jan 2012 04:35:58 PM from Kansas of Europe
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Genghis Khan's army of two hundred thousand slaughtered fifty thousand people in one and half hour. How long would his army of one hundred thousand take to slaughter one hundred thousand?
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Six hours, give or take. Then again, a hundred thousand people against a similarly sized horde might put up more of a fight, so it might take much longer.
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At 8:00 AM in late 1995, a fleeing group of Tutsis fled a city in central Rwanda. They traveled on foot at 4 mph. A Hutu death squad left the same city to hunt them down at 11:00 AM. Their jeeps were able to travel at 10 mph in the terrain of their pursuit. At what time do the hunters catch up and oh god why the fuck am I writing this?
Blue Ninja: Of course not. Just that it ends up being a little absurd in cases like this, because it ends up looking like the kids got no context for the situations in the math problems, even though they obviously did in their other classes and it wasn't intended as a slavery is great thing.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of that strip .

"I can think of a few reasons - 1) to highlight the pain and misery of slavery (or the Holocaust) with the math problems, 2) to get more students to engage compared to more boring/normal word problems. "

Surely there's a better way to do both of those things.

edited 9th Jan '12 9:00:10 PM by stripesthezebra

17 ohsointocats9th Jan 2012 09:02:36 PM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Maybe they were just getting jealous of the physics classes — physics problems tend to be quite violent. Ballistics and all.
18 Flyboy9th Jan 2012 09:07:51 PM from the United States
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This is just ridiculous.
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I can think of a few reasons - 1) to highlight the pain and misery of slavery (or the Holocaust) with the math problems, 2) to get more students to engage compared to more boring/normal word problems.

... It's just a math question, and these are elementary school kids who have no background information or perhaps even the ability to really comprehend those questions. There are much better ways to include history within math problems, and to teach children those subjects (separate from each other, like regularly).
20 BlueNinja09th Jan 2012 10:43:31 PM from Lost in a desert oasis , Relationship Status: In my bunk
Chronically Sleep Deprived
Surely there's a better way to do both of those things. - Stripes
Oh, indeed, and I did not mean to imply otherwise. Merely that I can see their possible reasoning for these word problems that does not automatically stem from racism.
TBH, his ego doesn't need more stroking. Nor does any other part of him. - M84
^^^^My physics problems were never violent. Just weird. "A penguin is sitting in a cardboard box on frictionless ice." "The speed limit is 50 MPH. If you are traveling 60 MPH at this distance behind an unmarked police car while distracted by your cell phone..."

edited 9th Jan '12 10:49:53 PM by INUH

22 ohsointocats9th Jan 2012 10:53:51 PM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Nothing about the ballistics of children after they get hit by speeding cars? No fun!
Prince of Dorne
What the hell? How the hell? Why would anybody ever think this to be a good idea? I mean - does everybody in that town lack common sense?
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25 Joesolo10th Jan 2012 05:04:55 PM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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It's an option. Like heated seats on cars.
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