racist homework assignment

Is This Homework Assignment Racist? You Be The Judge

Mom Jeanine
January 9, 2012


Good Question, hot topic, Jeanine Edwards

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Yup, this is really a question from a 3rd grade math assignment.

A teacher  at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, Georgia allegedly included this question, and other referring to slaves picking cotton and oranges, in her homework assignment for her 3rd graders. And surprise, surprise–parents are not happy.

You know what, though? I don’t blame them. Even though children do learn about slavery and the horrific treatment of African Americans in social studies, I think the question is inappropriate. For one, the references to slaves and beatings are totally unnecessary. There are so many other examples the teacher could have used to convey the lesson without conjuring up images of discrimination and racism.

Also, 3rd graders are what, 8-years-old? That’s pretty young and it’s not that unlikely that the kids haven’t even been taught about slavery yet.

What would you think if your child came home with this assignment? Do you think it’s racist? Inappropriate? Or just a new take on learning math? Share your thoughts on the racist homework assignment in the comments.

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  • Hyman
    January 9, 2012

  • What … Omg … I am appalled and would be so horrified and PO’d if my child were subjected to this.

    Yes. This is clearly inappropriate for 8 year olds… If anyone.

  • Stephanie Gore
    January 9, 2012

  • Definitely inappropriate questions, probably motivated by racism (maybe the teacher’s protest against MLK, Jr. lessons being taught this month?). I would be at the principal’s door the next day demanding disciplinary action against the teacher. I wouldn’t be suprised if this isn’t the first inappropriate action by this teacher.

  • June Stein
    January 9, 2012

  • Wait.. I am confused. Where does this talk about slavery or African American? I’m confused. I think the question is morbid and is inappropriate (there are no better ways to phrase this question but to use violence) but how does this have to do with slavery, I am still confused..

  • Lizzy
    January 9, 2012

  • TOTALLY inappropriate on EVERY level!!
    Including this line of thought in a “math equation” is just plain SICK!
    The teacher gets an “F” for FAILURE and should be forced to find another line of work!
    I applaud Mr Braxton for standing up for what is right and in so doing teaching his young child how to recognize appropriateness AND the lack thereof!

  • June Stein
    January 9, 2012

  • My bad…sorry I missed the second line of the article..
    Yes very inappropriate on many levels…

  • James
    January 9, 2012

  • It is not racist is is just stupid and sadistic to be on a school assignment. I do not see any referance to Fredrick’s race.

  • able mabel
    January 9, 2012

  • I agree, the question was inappropiate.

  • marthalynn
    January 9, 2012

  • Ugh, I live in this school district and it makes my stomach churn to think that I’m going to have to send my son to school here someday. Makes me seriously consider homeschooling…

  • Renee Fenoff-Chin
    January 9, 2012

  • I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one not to see racsism in this. I do however agree the wording is all wrong. Nowhere in the question does it state that the person is black nor anything about slavery.

  • I am me
    January 10, 2012

  • Based on this question alone, no it’s not racist. Very inappropriate, but not racist… as there is no mention of race in this question. But if it is a question among other questions that explicitly mention race or slavery, then I could see the connection to racism… but last time I checked, white males (or really any color male) can be named Frederick as well.