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A Washington, D.C., charter school teacher has been fired after it was discovered the teacher had assigned third-grade students a number of math problems framed around violent and illegal scenarios.

At first, the unnamed teacher at the Trinidad Center City School claimed he had been ordered to assign the problems, but it was quickly discovered that the teacher had actually downloaded them from a free homeschooling website called "HomeschoolingParadise.com."




"John's father gave him 1359 marbles on his birthday. John swallowed 585 marbles and died. 9 of John's friends came for his funeral the next day. John's grieving father gave the remaining marbles to John's friends in equal numbers. How many marbles did each friend get?"
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On the positive side, it sounds like something a 3rd-grader made up himself. So it shows that homeschoolers are not only capable of solving multi-step word problems, but we combine common sense with mathematics?



I tried...




eta: My favorite one - "I took a nap in a bog one day and woke up screaming. 3796 leeches, 2910 fleas and 1044 vampire bats were stuck to my bald head drinking my blood in ecstasy. How many bloodthirsty bloodsuckers were dining on my head?"


I mean, look at the vocabulary there! Bog, ecstasy, bloodthirsty...




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I give those kinds of word problems to my own kids, ironically to keep things "light" (but our sense of humor veers towards the morbid. Math makes us all feel like we're dying a little. Or that we'd prefer to).


I question the intelligence of someone who would find those acceptable to pass around a true classroom. A true classroom of 8 year olds. My girlfriend works at a charter school, and they have a kind of check-and-balance system of sorts. Four teachers per grade level, but they each are responsible for a subject and for gathering materials for 'their' subject to distribute amongst the other teachers. I always thought it was a bit annoying, but I suppose these math problems wouldn't have made it passed three other teachers ...

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I went to the website. All the grade three math problems seem to be tasteless. Like this gem:

21 African golfers and 26 American golfers played golf together

yesterday. However, all of them played terribly. Each African golfer

killed 5 flying turkeys when his golf balls flew into the sky. Each

American golfer killed 7 unlucky bald eagles. How many more bald

eagles than turkeys died that day?


I expected a collection of more morbid questions, and then normal ones. Not sure why. There appear to be no normal questions.

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