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ATLANTA-Third grade students in Gwinnett County, Ga., were given math homework with references to slavery and beatings, and a spokesman claims that the questions were made to incorporate social studies into the math curriculum.

One math problem was:

“Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”

Another read:

“If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

ABC News reports:

“Something like that shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade,” parent Terrance Barnett told WSB-TV. “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.”

“In this one, the teachers were trying to do a cross-curricular activity,” Gwinnett County school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Read More At ABC News.

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