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One Way Ticket To Ignorance

Updated on January 10, 2012

Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 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 1 week? 2 weeks?

This was the basis for a 3rd grade math lesson in Norcross, Georgia at Beaver Ridge Elementary School. How shameful of the teachers who thought up this curriculmn. According to the school, the children were learning about slavery during a history class. So some dimwit decides to cross reference the lesson over to math. How can anyone be so insensitive to something that is such a stain on our country's history? Yet folks are quick to say, oh that was over a hundred years ago, get over it!!! Slavery is still and always will be a sensitive subject here in America. The reason being that some things that were a result from slavery can never be fixed. For instance, a white person can trace genealolgy back to the "old country". Where as blacks have to guess about their ancestors and heritage because at one time we were thought of as property and not people. I think it is very shameful that we have educators who are undercover racists. Yes I said it! I am all for letting bygones be bygones, but these teachers need to be fired and need a history lesson themselves. Al Sharpton, where are you when we need you?

Do you feel the teachers involved should be fired?

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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      If, as you suggest, this was "careless," then some disciplinary action should be taken, but short of dismissal. If at root this was intended to degrade and disrupt, then there can be grounds for dismissal.

      America needs good teachers. Students who have prepared themselves to join the profession and have done so, need encouragement and supervision.

      Leave it up to the supervisor who knows the teacher to counsel and guide.

    • Miss Knowledge77 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheree Love 

      7 years ago from Indy (MidWest)

      No one is sweeping it under the rug. This to me was very insensitive way to teach about the subject. And yes it is a huge problem that the questions took this format. Slavery is a stain on our history and is not to be taken lightly. Any teacher who is worth their salt would not have done such a dispicable thing. Answer a question for me, How has slavery affected your life or your ancestors lives? Until you are one who can't even research their own genealogy because of this stain, then you can say their was nothing wrong with this type of curriculumn. Slavery is still too sensitive because it still affects people's lives today. Maybe not yours but it still affects mine currently.

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      7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Don't sweep slavery under the table. It may be a shameful page in the history of the USA, but it is there. It is no problem that the question took this format, teachers who are worth their salt will always try and integrate lessons.

    • Miss Knowledge77 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheree Love 

      7 years ago from Indy (MidWest)

      For these individuals to try and explain the reasoning behind this mess is beyond my understanding. I truly believe that is was careless behavior and a poor choice on their part.

    • Miss Knowledge77 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheree Love 

      7 years ago from Indy (MidWest)

      I truly agree!

    • Miss Knowledge77 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheree Love 

      7 years ago from Indy (MidWest)

      It is truly thought provoking when our children's educators could be so careless.

    • Miss Knowledge77 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheree Love 

      7 years ago from Indy (MidWest)

      Thank you!

    • Miss Knowledge77 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheree Love 

      7 years ago from Indy (MidWest)

      When I attended school, saying the Pledge was not frowned upon. I feel being too politically correct can cause damage as well. We did not have a separate class where we learned about God or religion. We just said the Pledge and continued our day. I see nothing wrong with that.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile image

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Welcome to HubPages

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Interesting hub. Thought provoking as well.

    • KrystalD profile image


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      This was ridiculous and I think it shows that racism or at the least, racial insensitivity, is alive and well. Disturbing.

    • keithlipke profile image


      7 years ago from Fort Wayne, Indiana

      It's a shame but just like the problems we have about not letting teachers to teach children about God in school. We should fire those teachers too.


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