Parents are outraged and an investigation is underway after a math homework assignment for second graders used slavery as its setting during Black History Month.

NBC News Los Angeles reports the Los Angeles United School District is taking administrative measures against a teacher who gave a word problem to 7-year-olds that featured slaves, cotton picking, “masters,” “the missus,” and the “Big House.”

The math problem read: “The master needed 192 slaves to work on [a] plantation in the cotton fields. The fields could fill 75 bags of cotton. Only 96 slaves were able to pick cotton that day. The missus needed them in the Big House to prrepare [sic] for the Annual Picnic. How many more slaves are needed in the cotton fields?”

Yes, you read that grammatically incorrect math problem correctly. Five words: What was that teacher thinking?

Kelly Gray was made aware of the math assignment on Feb. 8 after her 7-year-old daughter asked for help with it. Needless to say, she wasn’t having it, calling it culturally insensitive.

When I read it, I immediately told her she would not complete that assignment,” Gray recalls to the outlet. “It’s definitely disturbing using terms like ‘plantation,’ ‘master’ … My daughter doesn’t know what these things mean.”

After Gray shared the assignment on social media (and found that other students received the same assignment), District Superintendent Michelle King released a statement which said there would be an investigation.

“L.A. Unified is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, nurturing and secure learning environment for our students. All employees are expected to treat students with respect. The District takes this matter seriously, is investigating it and will take appropriate administrative measures,” the statement read.

Windsor Hills, labeled a “gifted and talented” school is located in the predominantly and historically black area of Los Angeles of the same name. More than 85 percent of the students at the school identify as African American.

The teacher who gave the assignment has not been identified.

“Someone could have said, ‘No! Are we really giving this assignment?‘” asked Karol Gray, the 7-year-old’s grandmother. “I can’t image a month of any year of any era when this would be appropriate.”

She adds, “I don’t believe anybody was intentionally being malicious, but nobody was being cautious.

SOURCE: NBC News 4, Los Angeles


12 thoughts on “Parents Outraged Over L.A. School’s 2nd Grade Slavery Math Problem

  1. This teacher knew exactly what she was doing, how can you not in this day an age know that was inappropriate. If it was my child that teacher would have to meet with me and explain to me face to face just what the hell she was thinking and her explanation would have determined the outcome of that meeting !!

  2. Dr. Larry on said:

    We complain about white people white-washing our history, yet we do the same thing. Good, bad, or indifferent, slavery is part of our history.

  3. Honestly on said:

    Cave n!@@er indifference to the genocide visited upon Nubians in this country by their so called founding fathers. Those bastards are roasting in hell just like hitler for their UNGODLY barbarous acts. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  4. specialt757 on said:

    Yes, he is beyond ignorant…no vile words can do him justice, ignore that fool. Oh and not to mention his dumb ass fan club that supports him, they are idiots too.

    • Dr. Larry it’s easier than that…no need to complete assignment. The teacher want be there, because of termination. May I add with a we’ll whip ass & the same goes for you had you tried that with my child. This is beyond racist & she would feel the repercussion. She’s bold enough to say something like that, I’d be bold enough to lay my hands on her. You thought it was sarcastic to answe that you’re to ignorant to be a doctor.

      • Just saying on said:

        Lee, he’s no Dr. He’s the white troll that visits everyday, and only responds to articles in which he thinks can rile others up on this site. He is irrelevant and has a mental disorder. No life and no one to talk to except maybe his therapist. This is his way of getting someone, anyone to have any type of conversation with him, even if it is negative in nature. Just disregard him.

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        @ Just saying..You are sooo right! I can’t believe that people still read the comments of that feeble-minded white troll.

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