That's the state of Washington. But this is Georgia.
Here, we're a little less evolved. Here, we're still kind of working on the whole slavery thing.
You see, a Gwinnett county elementary school has been called on the carpet after several third-grade teachers attempted to combine Social Studies and Math lessons. Sounds good, no?
No. No, it went awry. Wrong. South. Deep South.
The kids were studying Frederick Douglass, and of course that's a good thing. Things were going along just fine until the teachers had to start writing math questions to fit with the theme. Hmmm. How to combine Frederick Douglass and math? Let me see....
|He's not laughing.|
So the teachers wrote story problems for several classrooms of third-graders. They wrote story problems about slaves picking cotton and oranges. Oh, and they wrote one about Frederick Douglass himself. Here it is:
If Frederick got two beatings a day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week? 2 weeks?
Holy fucking mother of god!
And "Frederick"? Frederick Douglass? That Frederick, the celebrated abolitionist and statesman? Referred to only by his first name?
Gwinnett County is not some little backwater hole, either. It's suburban to Atlanta, with a large minority population. Their school system is the largest in the state, with 161,000 students enrolled this year.
My head is exploding in all kinda sideways. I have to lay down.
Bias disclosure: When I was in the third grade, I hated story problems.