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Teacher Assigns Extremely Offensive Math Homework

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Teacher Assigns Extremely Offensive Math Homework

Lakeland Union High School Math Assignment Has Lac Du Flambeau Members Upset Over Cultural Insensitivity


Lakeland Union High School Homework

An offensive math homework assignment issued to students at Lakeland Union High School has members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin urging administrators to bring more cultural sensitivity to the school’s curriculum, Indian Country Today Media Network reports.

Abbey Thompson, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Tribe, posted a photo of her son Noah’s completed homework assignment to Facebook, attracting inflammatory responses from across the country and Canada.

“What happened after Chief Short Cake Died?” is the question posed at the top of the assignment — the answer to which was “Squaw Bury Short Cake.”

Richard Vesbach, a third-year math teacher at LUHS and the one responsible for assigning the homework, has since written a number of apology letters.

Vesbach explains that he found the assignment in an outdated book of worksheets from the 1980s that had been left in the classroom when he started teaching. He says he has gotten rid of the book.

“None of that excuses what has happened and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Vesbach wrote. “No one else is to blame but me. As a result, LUHS has appropriately sent me home for the day. I recommended that they not pay me.”

School administrators would not comment on whether Vesbach would face further disciplinary action.

In January, a suburban Atlanta teacher resigned following an investigation over third-grade students being assigned math homework that included word problems about slavery.

One of the problems read: "Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?"

Another was: "If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"

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by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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Lizardannie1966
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

lol There's nothing offensive about it IMO. It was made out to be a silly joke. If the content of the joke itself was derogatory or insulting toward the Native American people, I could see the problem but it's not.

We need to maybe investigate the idea of over-correcting some political correctness's.

I don't understand what is so offensive either.  Are the words chief and squaw derogatory somehow?

A favorite hiking spot here in Phoenix--formerly known as Squaw Peak--was renamed after a Hopi Iraqui War veteran who was killed during an ambush after she took a wrong turn while driving during the war.

The hiking spot is now renamed for her, last name Piestewa (Peak) and it took some time before this change, including a battle with our former governor here--Janet Napalotono--and those opposing the change. They had been wanting to change the name to begin with and found a reason to do so. It met with considerable opposition but after five years, the battle was won in favor of the name change.

According to at least one who supported the change in name, the term "squaw" was used by settlers to demean and stereotype Native American women.

Here's a link regarding the story though I don't have the ability to make it click-able:

tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2008/04/08/81933-denogean-controversy-over-piestewa-hopefully-over/



EireLass
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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People need to get over themselves.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

WOW!

I laughed, still, WOW!

Paperfishies
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Agree

Quoting radioheid:

 Once again, a mountain is made out of a mole hill.

Jesus Christ.

If I had gotten upset every time I saw a cartoon of a fat German with a beer stein or a stereotypical green-clad, angry, red-faced Irishman while I was in school, I would have had a stroke by now.


sherry132
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Today's world is entirely too butt-hurt. 

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

And what would you do if someone did that?

Quoting ChancesMommy07:

If someone was to walk up to me at a powwow and call me a squaw I'm certainly not going to laugh (and it has happened) nor would I be happy to see it on my sons homework. But he did apologize


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

So what you're saying is, the people getting riled up about don't even know what they're getting riled up about. Sounds like the riled need to learn.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 It's offensive because it was once believed (and still is believed by some) that the word "squaw" was derived from and Algonquian word that meant "vagina." So, it would be like calling a woman a "c*nt."  It isn't actually true, but that is why people get riled up about it.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

What would you do if your child had homework like that?

Remember.....you don't own victimization in cultural insensitivity. Everyone experiences it.

Quoting Autumn07:

The word squaw is offensive to me.  I'd be angry if my son or daughter had homework like that. I'd also be angry if this was turned around to include any other races. That is not cool in my book. Of course it's not offensive to non native people, because they will NEVER understand where we come from and how long it has taken us to get here. It is cultural insensitivity.


ChancesMommy07
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

In the past when it has happened I just inform them that they are using a derogatory term and that they are more than welcome to call me by my name. I don't answer to "Squaw". But when doing things with the public, like powwows, its a pretty common thing to run into. Almost as common as people thinking we all say "how" instead of hello..

Quoting EireLass:

And what would you do if someone did that?

Quoting ChancesMommy07:

If someone was to walk up to me at a powwow and call me a squaw I'm certainly not going to laugh (and it has happened) nor would I be happy to see it on my sons homework. But he did apologize



Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:08 PM
Well it was a silly pun; at the expense of the term, "squaw" You know, "squawbury" short cake with "Strawberry shortcake." Yet, the usage of the word, "squaw" has been consider a derogatory term for sometime now.


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

lol There's nothing offensive about it IMO. It was made out to be a silly joke. If the content of the joke itself was derogatory or insulting toward the Native American people, I could see the problem but it's not.

We need to maybe investigate the idea of over-correcting some political correctness's.

I don't understand what is so offensive either.  Are the words chief and squaw derogatory somehow?


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