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First posted: Monday, January 09, 2012 12:40 PM EST | Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012 12:47 PM EST

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An elementary school in Georgia is under fire after it used examples of slavery to pose math problems: "If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"

School district officials to say they will work with teachers at the Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, Ga., to come up with more appropriate lessons, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Parents at the school, where about a quarter of the 1,200 students are black, were outraged by questions such as: "Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"

They want an apology and diversity training for teachers.

District officials said the teachers meant no offense and were just trying to incorporate history into their Grade 3 math lessons, said the report.

"Clearly, they did not do as good of a job as they should have done," district spokeswoman Sloan Roach told the paper. "It was just a poorly written question."

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**Math questions + slavery = angry parents**37

QMI Agency

First posted: Monday, January 09, 2012 12:40 PM EST | Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012 12:47 PM EST

(Shutterstock)

An elementary school in Georgia is under fire after it used examples of slavery to pose math problems: "If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"

School district officials to say they will work with teachers at the Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, Ga., to come up with more appropriate lessons, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Parents at the school, where about a quarter of the 1,200 students are black, were outraged by questions such as: "Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"

They want an apology and diversity training for teachers.

District officials said the teachers meant no offense and were just trying to incorporate history into their Grade 3 math lessons, said the report.

"Clearly, they did not do as good of a job as they should have done," district spokeswoman Sloan Roach told the paper. "It was just a poorly written question."

Math questions + slavery = angry parents | Weird | News | Toronto Sun