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Manhattan (NY) elementary school asks students to subtract and multiply slaves

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posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 11:35 PM
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I'm sorry you interpret my objections in that manner. I do...really. It is not my intention to curtail exploration or knowledge of children at all. However, I also think that an educated person such as this teacher should carefully consider the long-term impact of this type of decision. And, I happen to think you and some of the others here, are reading way too less into this...but, that's my opinion. And we can agree to disagree I hope.

For me, slavery, the holocaust, genocide (and similar injustices we humans inflict upon each other) are not subjects to be trivialized or treated lightly. I am sorry you do not agree with me on this point, so be it I guess.

Thanks for your expression of your thoughts, but I must respectfully disagree with your position.




posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 05:39 AM
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Originally posted by GreenGlassDoor
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While I'm being condescending you should know the difference between racism and bigotry. Then again, it didn't say what race the slave was so, over-sensitive much?
Let's be real here, what color were the slaves here in America? Seriously.



posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 05:58 AM
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I don't think the teacher should get much more than a stern talking to, but this was clearly a bad idea. I'm not all that sensitive to race issues and I wouldn't put that on a math test. Yes I think it's cool to blend lessons from two different disciplines and have the students write the questions, but using these was really stupid. I HIGHLY doubt this was anything more than a silly lapse of judgement, and being outraged does seem outrageous, but I can certainly see how the questions would seem insensitive to a black person. It's not intentionally making light (I'm keeping this because it's a good example of unintentional dumbassery) of the situation, but having the disgusting acts carried out because of your color turned into a multiplication problem seems callous.

TL;DR not an intentionally big deal, but to some it still is.



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