How Many Dead Slaves Does It Take To Prove These Teachers Are Idiots?

This story is certainly an argument for paying teachers based on competence, not tenure. Note that it was the student teacher who noticed how bone-headed this proposed homework assignment is.

From NY1:

It was quite a homework assignment that a fourth grade teacher at P.S. 59 wanted to give her students last Thursday.

It consisted of a few math problems, but Aziza Harding, the student teacher who was asked to photocopy the worksheet, couldn’t believe a couple of the questions.

“I’m just like, ‘Wow, this is really inappropriate,'” she said.

Question 1 on the sheet, entitled “Slavery Word Problems Homework”, was written as a matter-of-fact subtraction problem. It asked:

“In a slave ship, there can be 3,799 slaves. One day, the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 are dead. How many slaves are alive?”

The second question had multiple parts multiplication and addition. It said:

“One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)? Another slave got whipped nine times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month? How many times did the two slaves get whipped together in one month?

Keep in mind that not one, but two veteran, teachers thought this assignment was a good idea.

Barack Hussein Obama …mmm…mmm…mmm. Isn’t he the guy who has made clear at every opportunity that the only lost jobs that matter are those of public school teachers? Don’t we hear endlessly that we must throw more money into his “stimulus” ratholes, let those precious teachers might-GASP-be laid off? Screw the serfs who pay their salaries. If they get laid off, who cares?

More at Gawker and Slate.


  1. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that.
    And he

    actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile
    Therefore let me rephrase that:

    Thank you for lunch!

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