Teaching should focus on the subject at hand

Published 6:50 pm Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Dear Editor,

Today, my child brought home assigned “homework” from her math class. Now this is not uncommon, however, one would assume math homework would be relative to “math,” not social activism.

The “assigned homework for math” has the following questions on it:

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1) Name 3 African American Mathematicians

2) First African American to be honored on a postage stamp?

3) What is Maya Angelou’s real name?

4) What is Martin Luther King’s real name?

5) USPS issued a Black Heritage stamp in the name of her?

Outside of the first question, none of this has anything to do with “math”.

I have no issue with us as Americans honoring anyone, regardless of their race, national origin or religion; nor of setting aside a day, week or month to honor the same.

My issue is this, with this type of social engineering that the liberal public education system is engaging in when do they have time to teach the basics necessary for our children to excel in the real world, and have the basic tools needed to do so.

Math is to teach math. If a teacher wants to celebrate Black History Month, that is great, but do it in a Social Studies or language class, not math!

All throughout this year I have seen my child bring home all manner of “Social issue” “homework”, and class work. Perhaps if the teachers engaged in actually teaching the subject at hand, our children would test better on the State Test.

Kevin Miller,