Published March 20, 2012
JONESBORO, Ga. – Just months after children at a Georgia school were given a math homework assignment that referenced slavery, a similar incident has occurred at another school in the state.
Christopher Jackson said his nine-year-old son's homework assignment from a class at James A. Jackson Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ga., 12 miles south of Atlanta, contained an extra-credit question that read, "A plantation owner had 100 slaves. If three-fifths of them are counted for representation, how many slaves will be counted?"
In January, some parents became upset over a third-grade math assignment at Beaver Ridge Elementary School, in Norcross, Ga., just north of Atlanta, that contained multiple references to slavery. A teacher later resigned over the controversy and the story received nationwide attention.
"I was just shocked because y'all did a story on this before and I thought they took it out of the schools," said Jackson.
His son said he did not want to answer the question.
"Us blacks, we had to do slavery. Most of the whites, they were free and they owned us. We were treated as property," said the child.
Several parents told myFOXatlanta.com that they felt the question was inappropriate.
"I don't know 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.
Jackson said he has given the African-American teacher who he says gave the homework the benefit of the doubt.