Students at Burns Middle School were shocked when their math teacher, Joanne Bolser, issued a math test that referenced drugs, gangs and prostitutes. Initially, students believed the test was a joke, yet Bolser made it very clear that the students were to complete the exam and hand it in for grading.
One student found the test so funny that he texted a picture of the exam to his mother. Once Erica Hall received the photo from her son, she was absolutely horrified with what she read.
The test contained questions that covered a variety of racist situations and mathematic operation. One question asks, “Leroy has 2 ounces of cocaine. If he sells an 8 ball to Antonio for $320 and 2 grams to Juan for $85 per gram, what is the street value of his hold?”
“Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for the hit. If his common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money will be left when he gets out?”
Or this bad boy which combines both multiplication and long division:
“LaShaunda is a lookout for the gang. LaShaunda also has a Boa Constrictor that eats 5 rats per week at a cost of $5 per rat. If LaShaunda makes $700 a week as a lookout, how many weeks can she feed the Boa on one week’s income?”
After Hall’s husband saw the test, he reported the teacher to school officials. The school immediately made the executive decision to put the teacher on leave while they investigate the origin of the exam.
Apparently, the exam and versions much like it have been circulated online in several other school rooms. Different versions of the exam have resulted in the punishing of teachers in California, Texas and New Mexico — not to mention the extremely offensive test that mentioned slaves that found its way into a Georgia classroom four years ago.
Most people have found the test extremely offensive, but that doesn’t stop some from playing the devil’s advocate. In today’s episode of The View, Raven-Symoné attempted to explain that this test may be more relatable to certain students. Yeah, like that time in The Wire when D’Angelo Barksdale used the hierarchies of the drug game to explain how to play chess. Same thing right? Not exactly.
When 11- to 14-year-olds receive a test like this, it can only perpetuate certain jokes and stereotypes.
Check out a full image of the exam below. Do you think this teacher went too far or was it just a funny way to get kids to learn a thing or two? Tell us in the comment section.
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