4th Grade Homework – If A Slave Gets Whipped 5 Times A Day; NYC Principal ‘Appalled’ By Slavery-Themed Homework

One elementary school teacher’s attempt to combine history and math has gone terribly wrong. Jane Youn, a teacher at Midtown Manhattan’s PS 59 is in hot water after she assigned slavery-themed math problems to her 9-year-old students.

The New York Post is reporting that the offensive worksheet was only discovered when another teacher asked Aziza Harding, a student teacher at the school, to photocopy the assignment for her class. Harding immediately spotted problems such as “One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)?” and decided it was “inappropriate” for the students


Harding then contacted her graduate professor at NYU to alert him to the situation. “My first thought was, I don’t believe it,” said Professor Charlton McIlwain, who then contacted the school’s principal.

The principal of the school Adele Schroeter simply said she was “appalled” in a statement and has “already met with the teacher and have arranged for training around this issue.”

Remarkably, this is not the first time elementary school children have been given homework with slavery-related scenarios. Last year in Georgia a teacher was admonished for giving assignments that included questions such as “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”


Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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