Forget Progressive Teaching Methods, This Is Practical Arithmetic

You have to love the story of an Alabama teacher who abandoned the Common Core method of convincing pupils that maths is pure bollocks for nerds (it teaches that 1/2 divided by 1/4 is 2, which is technically correct but for practical purposes completely wrong – try cutting half a pie into four portions and see if you end up with two pies.) The teacher came up with arithmetic problems that would be more relevant to pupils in a poor urban environment. This one is great …

“Dwayne Pimps 3 Ho’s” – Alabama Math Quiz Veers Too Close To Real Life

In an apparent attempt to make math more relevant to the young people of Alabama, a teacher at Burns Middle School in Mobile, required eighth-graders to take a math quiz that drew complaints from parents about inappropriate themes and racist overtones.

As The Washington Post reports, nearly 900 students are enrolled at Burns Middle School, about 50 percent of them black and 40 percent white, according to state data. Forty-three percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

“Dwayne pimps 3 ho’s,” reads one question on the quiz given to students at Burns Middle School in Mobile, Ala. “If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each ho turn to support Dwayne’s $800 per day crack habit?”

Other questions refer to stolen cars, murder-for-hire, cocaine deals and drive-by shootings.

“Tyrone knocked up four girls in the gang,” the quiz says. “There are 20 girls in the gang. What is the exact percentage of girls that Tyrone knocked up?”

Rena Philips, a spokeswoman for Mobile County Public School System, said a parent raised concerns about the assignment  Tuesday and the school immediately launched an investigation and placed the teacher on administrative leave. Philips declined to identify the teacher or offer more details, citing privacy concerns related to personnel matters.

“We regret that this happened, especially so close to the end of the school year,” Philips said. “We have 7,500 employees in Mobile County public schools, and the vast majority of them are doing phenomenal work in our classrooms.”

The teacher has been suspended, which is a bit harsh, though thepoof s questions come from an internet meme that dates back to the 1990s, full marks for having a sense of humour.

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