# Home­work ques­tion gen­er­ates com­plaints

## Math as­sign­ment con­tains de­tails from Maya An­gelou au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler bkeeler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @by­bob­keeler on Twit­ter

EAST ROCKHILL >> Pen­nridge School Dis­trict has apol­o­gized af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about some of the ques­tions on a high school math home­work as­sign­ment.

“We apol­o­gize to any­one who was of­fended by the con­tent of the as­sign­ment and have taken steps to avoid such oc­cur­rences in the fu­ture,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Jac­que­line Rat­ti­gan wrote in a state­ment.

The al­ge­bra prob­lems in the home­work were paired with a word puz­zle about Maya An­gelou and her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “I Know

Why the Caged Bird Sings,” mul­ti­ple me­dia re­ports said.

The ques­tions, which had al­ge­braic for­mu­las to solve for “x” and “y,” in­cluded “An­gelou was sex­u­ally abused by her mother’s __ at age 8, which shaped her ca­reer choices and mo­ti­va­tion for writ­ing” and “Try­ing to sup­port her son as a sin­gle mother, she worked

as a pimp, pros­ti­tute and __,” me­dia re­ports said.

With the al­ge­braic so­lu­tion, the stu­dent de­ter­mined if the an­swer to the first ques­tion was boyfriend, brother or fa­ther and the an­swer to the se­cond ques­tion was bookie, drug dealer or night club dancer.

“We have re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints from par­ents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity re­gard­ing a re­cent high school math home­work as­sign­ment

which con­tained adult con­tent with­out a proper con­text. The home­work work­sheet in ques­tion was down­loaded from a web­site that al­lows teach­ers around the world to share ed­u­ca­tional re­sources. It is not part of our ap­proved cur­ricu­lum,” the Jan. 13 dis­trict state­ment said.

“We apol­o­gize to any­one who was of­fended by the con­tent of the as­sign­ment and have taken steps to avoid such oc­cur­rences in the fu­ture.”