A girl doing homework.My daughter is too young yet for tests and homework, but she gets a daily sheet from day care outlining her day and she comes home loaded down with various art projects she completed in her class. I make a point of looking at everything she brings home with her. And it seems this is a good habit for me to get into seeing as one Georgia elementary school is in big trouble for the content of a third-grade math homework assignment.
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Some observant parents noticed some startling questions on their children's work last week. The subject: slavery, beatings, and cotton-picking. According the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, four third-grade classrooms at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Gwinnett County were given math problems that featured these questions:
- Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?
- Frederick had 6 baskets filled with cotton. If