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22 March 2012

Clayton County Parents Angry at Teacher for Referencing the Constitution in Math Class

"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."

-Article I, section two, clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States.

Parents in Clayton County are angry at a Jackson Elementary School teacher for referencing the United States Constitution in math class.

The teacher, according to Fox 5 reports, gave students a homework assignment that featured the following question:

"A plantation owner had 100 slaves. If three-fifths of them are counted for representation, how many slaves will be counted?"

That homework question directly references the 3/5ths compromise that was part of the U.S. Constitution until superseded by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Several parents told FOX 5 that they felt the question was inappropriate.

“I don't what to say. I believe that slavery is still in Georgia. I didn't know that it would go this far. I think they need to resign or something,” said April Thurman.

Proctor, Aungelique (2012-3-20). Parents Upset Over New Case of Math Homework Referencing Slavery. WAGA-TV. Retrieved on 2012-3-22.

What would normally have been a teachable moment about the Constitution, its history, and its evolution, is now a civil rights issue because ignorant Clayton County parents don't know diddly about the Constitution.

That is completely pathetic.