One elementary school teacher’s attempt to combine history and math has gone terribly wrong. Jane Youn, a teacher at Midtown Manhattan’s PS 59 is in hot water after she assigned slavery-themed math problems to her 9-year-old students.
The New York Post is reporting that the offensive worksheet was only discovered when another teacher asked Aziza Harding, a student teacher at the school, to photocopy the assignment for her class. Harding immediately spotted problems such as “One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)?” and decided it was “inappropriate” for the students
Harding then contacted her graduate professor at NYU to alert him to the situation. “My first thought was, I don’t believe it,” said Professor Charlton McIlwain, who then contacted the school’s principal.
The principal of the school Adele Schroeter simply said she was “appalled” in a statement and has “already met with the teacher and have arranged for training around this issue.”
Remarkably, this is not the first time elementary school children have been given homework with slavery-related scenarios. Last year in Georgia a teacher was admonished for giving assignments that included questions such as “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”[fbcomments]