School apol­o­gizes for math ques­tion

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - WORLD NEWS -

PERKASIE, Pa. — A Penn­syl­va­nia high school is apol­o­giz­ing af­ter stu­dents were given a math home­work as­sign­ment that asked which fam­ily mem­ber had sex­u­ally as­saulted a girl. The as­sign­ment fo­cused on Maya An­gelou and her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It pro­vided a math for­mula that asked: “An­gelou was sex­u­ally abused by her mother’s ____ at age eight, which shaped her ca­reer choices and mo­ti­va­tion for writ­ing.” Pen­nridge High School stu­dents needed to use the for­mula be­fore de­cid­ing whether the an­swer was boyfriend, brother or fa­ther. The In­tel­li­gencer news­pa­per says the home­work was cou­pled with a word puz­zle about the book and au­thor. KYW-TV re­ports the dis­trict says the as­sign­ment was from a web­site that al­lows teach­ers around the world to share re­sources. The dis­trict said steps have been taken to make sure it never hap­pens again.

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