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'Appalled' NYC principal orders sensitivity training over 4th-graders' slavery-math questions

A New York City principal says she's "appalled" by a homework assignment that used scenarios about killing and whipping slaves to teach math.

The Daily News (http://nydn.us/YfTNgU ) says Principal Adele Schroeter has ordered sensitivity training for the entire staff of Public School 59 in Manhattan.

Education officials say a teacher asked fourth-graders to write homework questions that blended math and social studies. The teacher then used the students' questions, including the slave-related ones, as homework for the class.

One question stated the number of slaves who died while taking over a ship. It asked how many slaves were still alive. The other said a slave was whipped five times a day and asked students to calculate how many times a month he was whipped.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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