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Care2 Success! Teacher Resigns Over Racist Homework

Care2 Success! Teacher Resigns Over Racist Homework

Last week I wrote here about the slavery-inspired homework some third graders at Beaver Ridge Elementary School, in Norcross, Georgia, brought home early in January. Here at Care2 we immediately launched a petition to tell Georgia elementary schools: “Racism and Math Don’t Mix!”

Care2 Victory!

Thanks to the over 12,000 Care2 members who signed our petition, along with the protests of other civil and human rights groups, one of the Gwinnett County elementary school teachers who assigned that math homework has now resigned.

That’s a good start, but many parents and other state and local NAACP leaders are demanding that the school district fire other teachers who are involved. One of these parents is Christopher Braxton.

From CBS Atlanta News:

One of the questions read: “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

“I can just put it in three letters,” Braxton said. “Why? Why try to relive and bring something like that or whatever? That really had nothing to do with a math equation or homework or anything.”

Another question read: “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

NAACP And Many Others Want All Teachers Involved To Be Fired

Several civil rights groups, including the NAACP, National Action Network, United Youth-Adult Conference and Rainbow Push, protested outside the school after learning about the assignment. These groups, as well as many parents, want the district to fire all the teachers involved.

Wednesday, school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach issued the following statement:

“The investigation into a personnel matter involving four Gwinnett County teachers at Beaver Ridge Elementary was completed late Tuesday. During the course of the investigation, the school system accepted the resignation of one teacher. The principal will move forward immediately to fill the vacancy created by this resignation. As this is a personnel matter, the district will not elaborate further.”

Stay Tuned For Next Developments

The NAACP plans to address the school board on Thursday, demanding that three other teachers who distributed the homework to their students be fired. The NAACP also wants the school district to hold a meeting with parents to discuss the matter.

Care2 will keep you posted on any further developments.

And thank you!

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5:09PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

hmmm

6:38AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

I do not understand. The month was a history month, wasn't it? So, aren't they just putting that in? I am sure no one meant to be indifferent to the woes of slavery, probably quite the opposite.

3:17AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Why would a teacher actually do that? That was just plain stupid. I wonder if they ever found out.

1:33PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

yaremis.....I must agree!!
Can you think of any other racial group
who never stop nit picking, harassing &
and continuously look for anything said
or done to make national news.

How long can this go on? By all this
attention grabbing of poor us they're going
backwards & not promoting the good or
better way of doing or saying anything.

All of these thousands of incidents compare
to a husband or wife bringing up an old
argument that happened ten years earlier!!!!!

Slavery & the Civil War has been done & over with
for over a hundred some years.

The obvious question is do blacks want our
repect or live in fear of forever saying
or doing the wrong thing?? However,this teacher
could have used one or a thousand other examples
to make her point & she/he could have retained
her job & learn to reprocess her thinking. But,
by the same token this persons every move & lesson
would forever be scutinized for racist intent.

Finally, the same situation can be very easily happen
in the reverse anytime anywhere.

Wherever you are there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

11:39AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

this is actually funny

5:22AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Good job!

12:46PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Noted

11:01PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Unfortunately, the process works, slowly, whatever it takes, one step at a time.

9:34AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

It's too bad so much energy is being spent on such an obvious case of racism, but almost nothing is being said or done to fight racism in the churches or in our criminal justice system. American churches are still largely segregated. And, the statistics on who gets arrested, convicted, and does time make it painfully clear that our criminal justice system is rife with racism.

7:42AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

What kind of questions are these???? Disgraceful :-(

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