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!”
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!
Photo: Screenshot from CBS Atlanta News