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Sexual-Assault Question Part of Math Homework

By The Associated Press — January 24, 2017 1 min read
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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 question provided a math formula and asked: “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.” Pennridge High students needed to use the formula before deciding whether the answer was boyfriend, brother, or father.

The Pennridge district said the assignment was “downloaded from a website that allows teachers around the world to share educational resources.” Officials said steps have been taken to make sure it never happens again.

A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 2017 edition of Education Week as Sexual-Assault Question Part of Math Homework

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