In the past, we’ve presented stories about teachers incorporating the underworld into the grade school classroom. One professor believes that classes should be modeled after gangs. Another educator gave students a critical thinking exercise based on the cocaine trade. There were methods behind the madness in those instances, but there is little defense for a math quiz given to eighth graders at Burns Middle School in Mobile, AL, days before summer break.
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 the rest of his hold?
Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in his gang. What is the exact percentage of girls Tyrone knocked up?
Dwayne pimps 3 ho’s. If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each ho turn to support Dwayne’s $800 per day crack habit?
These are examples of the questions on the quiz given to the Burns students. Students were also prompted to give a gang name at the top. Quite a decision by the teacher, given that the school has a majority Black student population (50% Black; 40% White). Some students found the quiz questions amusing, but parents did not. Pissed off parents notified the school about the test, spurring school officials to conduct an investigation into the matter. Though it is said that the unidentified teacher had plans on retiring at the end of the year, he/she was placed on administrative leave by the Mobile County Public School System.
This test has reportedly been around since the 90’s. The Washington Post reports:
The quiz is an Internet meme that dates at least to the early 1990s and has been known as the “The L.A. Math Proficiency Test” or “The City of Los Angeles High School Math Proficiency Exam,” according to the website Snopes, which has compiled a brief history of the quiz making appearances in American (and Canadian) classrooms.
According to FOX 10 TV, “a lot of teachers have ended up in hot water over the test in several states including Texas, California, and New Mexico.”
View the absurd test below: