No Cotton-Picker Left Behind
Parents of third graders at a Norcross, Georgia elementary school are demanding an apology after their children were given word problems in math class that used images of slavery and beating slaves.
Among the questions:
“Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”
“If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”
“Frederick had six baskets filled with cotton. If each basket held five pounds, how many pounds did he have altogether?”
The response from the school shows a need for increased training in Media Crisis Relations 101. The spokesperson for Gwinnett County school district described the questions as “cross-curricular activity” attempting to incorporate social studies into math. Stinquer RptrCub, we worry about you living in this state.
I attended high school in North Carolina, and according to one of my high school teachers who was a Civil War buff (which is basically the same thing as saying he was a literate Southerner) the South had such an unrealistically high regard for its own military prowess that during the Civil War math problems were often premised on the notion that one Southern soldier could kill seven Yankees. So your typical math problem went something like this: If a Yankee regiment consists of four hundred and ninety soldiers, how many Southerners would it take to defeat it? Of course, these courses also reflected the absurd metrics that would have to apply for the agrarian South to effecitvely defeat the industrialized North. So they were, in a sense, only propagating the absurdities that led them to believe they could win the Civil War in the first place.
At any rate, it’s nice to see that after all these years these folks still haven’t learned a damned thing.
These people will fight the Civil War for another 50 years at least … sad that we cannot rise above this.
@blogenfreude: Don’t be so optimistic. It will never be over.
I have to go to bed.
Gee I can’t imagine why this would affect SAT test scores…
Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.
All one has to do is ask many Southerners who pays the most taxes into to the Feds they’ll say THEY do and yet the reality sez otherwise.
@ManchuCandidate: Oui. Nous vivons environ cinq cents kilomètres de distance, comme le corbeau vole. MEGABUS!
Here’s your flawless Babelfish translation: “The more that changes, the more it is the same thing.”
“Yes. We live approximately five hundred kilometers of distance, as the corbel flies. MEGABUS!”
@matador1015: Heh. Okay. Two conversations going.
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” <– Babelfish got pretty close.
My French is bad, but I was trying to say that I'm about 500 miles away from an invasion of Manchu’s couch and keg, “as the crow flies.” Some idioms don’t translate. I was thinking about hitching with truckers (not really), but now Megabus is an option, as long as the damned thing doesn’t catch fire. (I thiiiink the video was shot in Canadialand. Listen for the “Eh?s”).
Don’t worry — we are formulating escape plans. It might take a bit, though, with ailing parents in the Southeast (both in really, really, much more fucktarded states — FL and SC — with rptrcub’s father unemployed and family about to walk away from the house.).
@rptrcub: Yikes. Hang in there.
if ropaul issued 10 racist statements years ago, then flat out denies 4 of the statements, blames others for 2 of the statements, and then storms off the tv set like a castigated little child when trying to refute another, how many racist statements can we logically assume ropaul still stands behind? (hint: this is a trick question.)
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