Georgia Elementary Teacher Behind Slavery Math Questions Resigns

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — A spokeswoman for Gwinnett County schools says one teacher resigned during an investigation into third-grade teachers who gave students math homework with word problems about slavery.

Sloan Roach says an investigation into a personnel matter involving four teachers at Beaver Ridge Elementary wrapped up Tuesday. She says the school system accepted the resignation of one teacher during the course of the investigation.

One of the questions on the homework assignment asked, “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” The other said, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

Roach says the principal plans to immediately fill that vacancy. She declined to elaborate further because it is a personnel matter.

Parents expressed concerns about the math problems, and the NAACP and other community acitivists including WAOK talk show host Derrick Boazman called for all of the teachers involved to be fired over the incident.

Officials have said one teacher wrote the questions and the rest of the third-grade teachers used the handout for their classes. It wasn’t clear which teacher resigned.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments

One Comment

  1. moni says:

    just a few questions – are the teachers white and female and the students 99% black? After the Hip/Hop world told the universe the grown-ups can’t control their children by saying the N-word equates Love…. why should those that approved the lesson care what NAACP has to say.
    What If they would have used Indentured Servants – Surfs – that many of whites were during that time would White Trailer Trash – be upset?

    Some blacks owned slaves : Its time to get over it…. As long as you feel like a victim you will always be silly puddy in some ones hands.
    have the kids watch this LOL
    “INSIDE SECRETS OF THE WHITE MAN- How to rule the world.

  2. ROGER JOHNSON says:

    SORRY about the teacher using that example but to”FIRE A TEACHER IS “STUPID” WHEN ITS SO HARD TO FINE QUALITY PEOPLE TO EVEN WNAT THE JOB > WHEN THE PROPER THING TO DO WOULD HAVE BEEN TO NOT LOOSE A QUALITY TEACHER TODAY WHEN IT COULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED IN THE SCHOOL AND “”NOT THE NEWSMEDIA”!!!!!!

  3. Alan says:

    Any teacher who gave students that handout is not a “quality person”. All the teachers involved should be fired, as well as the principal who ran a school where teachers could even entertain the thought of handing out those materials.

  4. Reegan says:

    I\’m not quite sure how to say this; you made it etxermely easy for me!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Atlanta

Taz Goes Big With A New Daily Show!
Enter NOW

Watch & Listen