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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Violence Adds To My Understanding

An unnamed teacher from the Trinidad Center City School of Washington, D.C., has been fired for doing the unthinkable: creating a learning environment that encourages students to stay awake, pay attention, and desire - math!
The teacher landed in hot water because they used word problems that alluded to violence, death, or illegal activities to engage the third grade students. The teacher was using a teaching module from Singapore math. Some of the problems included:
"Tilda Tiger had many hungry children to feed on Thanksgiving Day. She caught 169 Africans, 526 Americans and 196 Indians. She then put the people equally into 9 enormous ovens to bake. How many desperate people were in each oven?"
and another
"I boarded a train going to hell and saw some devils in the train. 3641 devils got off the train at Inferno Station to terrorize the locals there. 1049 devils got off at Lost Souls Station to eat lunch at Lucifer's Lovely Pizzas. If there were 419 devils left in the train headed for hell, how many devils were in the train at first?"
or
" When a mad sorcerer summoned a demon out of hell, he almost fainted in horror. The
hideous demon had 9999 writhing tentacles sticking out of its ears and mouth. If the creature
had 1111 tentacles sticking out of its left ear and 5287 tentacles sticking out of its right ear,
how many tentacles were sticking out of its mouth?"
Personally, I would rather hear about how much meth an addict can ingest instead of how many apples Susie picked. The problem with those "old-school" math problems is that they didn't relate to the students! No one picks apples - unless it's for their job and they are here illegally! But most kids in Washington, D.C., can relate to members of S.W.A.T. shooting their drug peddling neighbors!
Dr. Beverley Wheeler, the CEO of Center City PCS, which oversees Trinidad stated, "It doesn't follow anything we do. We are about character, excellence and service and I found them to be violent and racist."
None of the problems I saw were racist! "Specie-st" maybe, but not racist! Also, I think I have seen more violence in an episode of Scooby Doo.
I mean, let's face it...math is boring. No one likes it...and anyone that does...well they suck and I wouldn't hang out with them anyway! Math is the subject used to put kids to sleep and to study resting patterns. And the only reason this teacher got in trouble was because his/her students managed to complete their assignments! The school would have fired him/her regardless of whether the math problems involved killing terrorists or trains driving towards each other if the students managed to actually learn! Because if they learned math, they wouldn't have to keep teaching it until kids reached high school - where they have to learn advanced math. They could just go from math to advanced math in easy simple step - not take 8 years to get there!
I think this teacher should get his/her own infomercial! He/She could revolutionize the field of mathematics! Earn the Nobel Prize for Peace - because math is so frustrating it causes people to fight!
Think about it World...one Math to rule us all!

1 comment:

  1. This is certainly an improvement over that other teacher with her story problems that included tallying how much cotton each slave could pick in a day. I wonder what story you'll find next to share. Math or otherwise, they all add up to fun. :)

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