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Ga. School Parents Protest Slavery Lesson

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Parents at a Gwinnett County elementary school held a protest outside the Norcross school after third-grade students were given math homework with word problems about slavery.

In this February 2010 photo, Boys & Girls Club Jane Willson Unit employee Kevin Samuel helps a child with her math homework. The Boys & Girls Club is currently establishing a new process officials say will help them deal with bullying more effectively.

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) -- Parents at a Gwinnett County elementary
school held a protest outside the Norcross school after third-grade
students were given math homework with word problems about slavery.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/wVldoh ) that the parents gathered outside Beaver Ridge Elementary on Tuesday as some parents of students who received the worksheet met with the principal.

About 60 parents, community members and church leaders held signs saying "Shame on them" and "The teachers need to be fired."

The district is investigating the classwork, which officials say was an effort by teachers to merge social studies lessons on slavery with math classes.

Four of the school's third-grade classes received the handout, which included references to slaves being beaten and picking cotton. The NAACP has called for the teachers involved to be fired.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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