If Frederick gets two beating a day....

Reply Mon 9 Jan, 2012 05:40 pm
.... how many beatings will he have at the end of one week?

This was a question asked on 3rd grade homework by a school in Georgia.

Another question:

Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?

The school says they are trying to incorporate social studies into the math curriculum.

Outraged parents say the kids haven't even studied slavery yet so WTF.

I think it's a good idea to study things in a co-mingled way and that in the proper context these MIGHT have been okay math questions to ask. Slavery was ugly and letting kids see the ugly side of it would be a good way to drive the lesson home.

Others think the questions are completely wrong headed in any context.

What do you think?
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Reply Mon 9 Jan, 2012 05:46 pm
I should probably clarify:

These questions suck. But I think there could be good questions.
Reply Mon 9 Jan, 2012 05:49 pm
Most scholarship has taken the routes of "interdisciplanary studies". Im all for it but I dont think that's what the teachers were getting at. Chances are the PTO was behind some of this.

Was the "frederick" a tip-o-the hat to Frederick Douglas?
BTW the answer is 11 because the Sabbath would begin at Sat evening supper and extend till Sun PM. I think the beatings would have been suspended for these three times.
I wonder what Arella May has to say about Georgia scholarship?
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Reply Mon 9 Jan, 2012 05:50 pm
I think they are surprising and a little off putting. And quite honestly - if the kids are at all like me (slightly ADD) sticking to one topic at a time is probably best. Get too many things going and I kind of start to scatter.

Although - I see what they are trying to do. And I have heard that it works well for most folks. I just might not be one of them.
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