What’s an effective way to teach math to 3rd graders? By using human body parts….”So, Johnny, you have an oven that is 1.6 cubic feet….how many people can you fit in it?”
That was the homework assignment given by a teacher in the D.C. area to her 3rd grade class. Here’s another assignment (and this one is a direct quote) “My 3 friends and I were caught and tied up by 1023 screaming cannibals in a jungle last night. Soon we were feeling terribly itchy because of the mosquitoes. We begged the cannibals to scratch us. 219 cannibals refused because they were busy cutting vegetables. The rest of them, however, surrounded us in equal numbers and began to scratch us with their teeth, just like dogs. It felt good! How many cannibals scratched me?”
This image disturbs me….
Here’s another: “Green aliens landed in Chicago and rounded up 1479 math teachers. The bloodthirsty aliens then sucked the blood of 828 teachers and left them for dead. The aliens tied up the rest of the teachers and marched them into 3 UFOs. If there were an equal number of poor math teachers in each UFO, how many teachers were in each UFO?”
Needless to say, she is no longer employed but how much damage has already been done? All she needed was one little budding Jeffrey Dahmer and now the seed has been planted….
She says she got the 20 similiar math problems from HomeschoolingParadise.com. So I went to that site and confirmed that yes, that type of cirriculum is available there and the owner of the site condones it by saying that children’s cartoon and stories (including Harry Potter) are full of violence and bloodshed and since that’s what kids (Western kids, this person is Asian) love, it was worked into lesson plans as a way to better hold the kids attention….
To which I say BULLSHIT. Having violence in their extracurricular entertainment is exactly why it should be left out of their school work.
This person goes on to try and further justify themselves by saying “I, an Asian, assumed by watching Western cartoons and reading Western novels that Western parents would feel the same. And in Singapore third graders (Primary 3) are 9 years old, not 8.” Because 9 years olds are better able to handle violence in the classroom?? And then goes on to blame the whole thing on the American culture “Americans, please remember that you are the ones everyone else in the world looks up to and aspires to be. And the only way we get to know about your culture is through what your mass media and books give us from Tom and Jerry and Ben 10 violence for kids to CSI for adults on TV”….
Which just pisses me off….
So I googled Singapore childrens original television….where I found “Wushu Warriors” , a kind of Karate Kid/American Ninja type show, containing guess what?? Little kids learning to kick other people’s asses. I read numerous articles condemning violence on TV in several countries, including Singapore.
So, don’t blame it all on Americans Dumbass…
All I’m saying is graphic violence has no place in lesson plans for Elementary school children. No matter how you try to justify it…And I understand and sympathize with teachers who are faced with wandering little minds and short attention spans. God Bless all Teachers, there is no way I could do what you do. But asking kids to figure out how many Africans or Indians they can fit in an oven is soooooo not the way to keep their interest.
When my girls where little and didn’t want to stand still long enough for me to fix their hair before school I whacked ’em with the brush and told them “it hurts to be pretty”, and that was a pretty effective teaching tool….
I’M KIDDING! (about the smacking with a book thing, not the hair brush thing or the entire article thing. Both true stories)
Do NOT send me hate mail….