Math Assignment Includes Questions About Killing, Whipping Slaves

NEW YORK (February 22, 2013)--A school principal in New York City says she's "appalled" by a homework assignment that used scenarios about killing and whipping slaves to teach math.

The principal, Adele Schroeter, ordered sensitivity training for the entire staff of Public School 59 in Manhattan.

Education officials say a teacher asked fourth-graders to write homework questions that blended math and social studies.

The teacher then used the students' questions, including the slave-related ones, as homework for the class.

One question stated the number of slaves who died while taking over a ship and asked how many were still alive.

The other said a slave was whipped five times a day and asked students to calculate how many times a month he was whipped.


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