'Slave' math questions given to PS 59 fourth-graders ... should the responsible teachers get fired?

Feb 22, 2013 Full story: New York Daily News

Two teachers at Public School No. 59, 250 E. 57th St., are facing disciplinary action after students were sent home with questions asking them to subtract dead slaves and multiply the number of times a day a slave is whipped.

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ugot-thisallwron g

Bronx, NY

#1 Feb 23, 2013
I am honored to say that I was a colleague of Jane Younís. I have never met a teacher who is more dedicated to her profession. It is clear that she puts her whole heart into the work she does. I am appalled by the judgment the public and the media are passing on her. The person I have known her to be is the kind of person that cares and gives to people. In fact, I know that she spent a portion of her summer volunteering in Haiti to help after the tsunami occurred. Iíve known her to treat all of her students with respect, kindness and compassion regardless of their color.
I know that if anyone would sit through her history lesson they would clearly get the message that slavery was a tragic injustice that occurred in our history. Perhaps linking her history lesson to her math lesson was a way to allow students to understand the gravity of the immense numbers of people who suffered through slavery.
I guess the lesson from this whole situation is that people are quick to pass judgment on others and this is why social injustices continues to occur in our society today.
debbbb

New York, NY

#2 Feb 23, 2013
I completely agree with the previous writer's support of this teacher, I also know Jane Youn well in the classroom and know her to be a truly exceptional teacher. There are very good teachers ,and then there are those in another league. She is in that league. She supports all of her students and is very open to all modes of learning and communication. She cares deeply about her students understanding those from other cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. This is certainly a horrible homework assignment, but doesn't represent any work I have ever seen her offer her students in the past 7 years I've know her. It was a horrible mistake, and why this got sent to the press before the school administration is something that should be equally examined.
Valear Gourdine pls sign

Bloomfield, NJ

#3 Feb 24, 2013
Valear Gourdine pls sign

Bloomfield, NJ

#4 Feb 24, 2013
NYC Teacher uses Slavery in 4th Grade Class outrage she needs to go sign petition

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