If Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pennsylvania has 32 good teachers, but one who includes a math problem about an eight-year-old girl being sexually assaulted, what percentage of Pennridge staff is good?
KYW-TV reports that a recent homework assignment gratuitously evoked sexual abuse for the sake of algebra.
The question asks, “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.” The students then had to do some calculations to find out if it was by Angelou's mother's boyfriend, brother or father.
The Pennridge school district says that the problem wasn't written by a teacher but “downloaded from a website that allows teachers around the world to share educational resources,” adding that, no, sexual assault algebra is not part of their approved curriculum.
Please, let's just stick to word problems about fruit and trains.