NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Parents said they are upset and disgusted by a math homework assignment that used scenarios about killing and whipping slaves.
A teacher at P.S. 59 in Manhattan asked fourth graders to write creative arithmetic problems. The students were learning about slavery in history class and they came up with slave-related math problems, CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported.
The teacher, Jan Youn, approved and assigned the questions as homework, Jiang reported.
One question asked: 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?
Another question read: One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)?