Wed., January 11, 2012 10:24am (EST)

Slavery Lesson Prompts Outrage
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

NORCROSS  —  
 Officials say one teacher wrote the questions and the rest of the third-grade teachers used the handout for their classes. (Photo courtesy of Emile Eagan via Flickr)
Officials say one teacher wrote the questions and the rest of the third-grade teachers used the handout for their classes. (Photo courtesy of Emile Eagan via Flickr)
A school principal says he expects lessons to be appropriate and provide true connection between subject areas, but he said that didn't happen when third-grade students at his school were given math homework with questions about slavery.

One of the questions asked, "If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?" Officials say one teacher wrote the questions and the rest of the third-grade teachers used the handout for their classes.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that Beaver Ridge Principal Jose DeJesus said he understood parents' concerns.

He said third-graders had been reading about Frederick Douglass, a former slave. He said the questions were an attempt at incorporating some of what students had been discussing in social studies with their math.