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New York school assigns racist word-problems to fourth-graders

Today in advice we didn't think would ever require repeating: Teachers, it is never a good idea to use dead slaves as units of measurement in your math problems.

On Thursday, NY1 revealed the story of a New York public school that has been doling out some incredibly unorthodox homework. When a fourth-grade teacher asked student teacher Aziza Harding to make copies of the worksheets, Harding was stunned to see that it was a "Slavery Word Problems Homework" assignment. The word problems included the questions, "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?" and, "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?"

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