Word problems

If a Gwinnett County elementary school has several third-grade teachers, and none of them saw any problem with the following math assignment, how many teachers there are in need of more education?

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?

(Note that almost half of the teachers at this school have a master’s degree.   I tend to think that the basic teacher curriculum isn’t enough, but that’s a lengthy rant best left for another time.)

*I’d note this is a poorly written question even if you substitute another noun for “slaves.”

Bonus question: If this is the official school district response, how many idiots are working in the school district?

“Clearly, they did not do as good of a job as they should have done,” district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Roach said the school’s principal, Jose DeJesus, was collecting the assignments so they wouldn’t be circulated. She said the teachers were not intentionally trying to offend the students with the questions.

“It was just a poorly written question,” Roach said.

Georgia seems to suffer from poorly written questions in the educational curriculum.  Remember the “What is an Illegal Alien?” worksheet?  That, too, was aimed at third graders.  Gotta start early if you want them to buy into the system.

Extra credit question:

How many times will these sorts of incidents have to happen before educators learn something?

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7 thoughts on “Word problems

  1. There are no words… A test about slaves in Georgia. I also grew up in the South – and prejudice is very alive and well. Whoever wrote that test is racist!! Maybe all the teachers weren’t – just too afraid to confront.

  2. I’m always heartened to know that some of the finest 18th Century minds are “educating” our children…

  3. I am still having trouble fathoming how they thought this would be an effective way to perform a cross-discipline exercise. The fact that a teacher at the school actually created these questions just boggles my mind.

    My mom lives in Atlanta and says that Gwinnett County got demographically brown quicker than the white people could …”adjust”… And so they’re freaking out.

  4. I believe that they were trying to develop a unit where they were teaching(using) the same content across subject area. Because racism is such a touchy subject here in the south, their attempt to do a great job caused great alarm. I am an African American Educator. I am sure that their intentions were for the greater good of children.

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