Published reports say Principal Adele Schroeter has ordered sensitivity training for the entire staff of Public School 59 in Manhattan.
Education officials say a teacher asked fourth-graders to write homework questions that blended math and social studies. The teacher then used the students' questions, including the slave-related ones, as homework for the class.
One question stated the number of slaves who died while taking over a ship. It asked how many slaves were still alive. The other said a slave was whipped five times a day and asked students to calculate how many times a month he was whipped.
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