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Outraged 9-Year-Old Refuses To Answer 'Offensive' Maths Question

Outraged 9-Year-Old Refuses To Answer 'Offensive' Maths Question

A nine-year-old girl was so outraged by an 'offensive' question on a maths paper that she refused to answer it, writing her teacher a letter instead.

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Rhythm Pacheco, who is from Salt Lake City, Utah, was given a maths question in which she was asked to work out how much more one fictional student weighed than another.

The question read: "The table to the right shows the weight of three Grade 4 students. How much heavier is Isabel than the lightest student?"

Alongside this, a table listed the names and weights of the three students.

Clearly unhappy with the question mentioning girls' weights, however, Rhythm annotated the homework paper, writing: "What!!!! This is offensive! Sorry I wont right this it's rood." [sic]

The youngster told Fox13: "I thought it was offensive. I didn't like that because girls shouldn't be comparing each other. I know it was a math problem but I don't think that was really okay... I didn't really think that would be on homework, I thought that would be fruits or vegetables or things like that."

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Not wanting to get in trouble for refusing to answer the question, Rhythm decided to write a note to her teacher to accompany the paper.

The offending question. Credit: Fox13
The offending question. Credit: Fox13

It read: "I don't want to be rude, but I think that math problem wasn't very nice, I thought that was judging people's weight. Also, the reason I didn't write a sentence is because I just didn't think that was nice."

Rhythm's mum Naomi Pacheco backed her daughter's opinion on the test question.

She told the news outlet: "I was shocked, honestly. I feel like it's such an irresponsible way to teach children how to do math."

The maths paper was given to Rhythm's school by a company called Eureka Math. Although Rhythm's teacher was supportive of the student's decision to not answer the question, she said that the question before dealt with a St Bernard dog.

According to Fox13, the school says the question only intended to provide students with practice in converting grams and kilograms.

Eureka director Chad Colby said: "There is no value judgement in the question about weight, it's merely a comparison."

Colby said that the company has no plans to take the question off the maths paper.

It comes after a British exam board said that students could complain if they felt 'triggered' by a GCSE question which discussed how many calories a woman had consumed for breakfast.

One girl left the exam hall in a panic but exam board EdExcel found the question to be valid.

Featured Image Credit: Fox13

Topics: US News

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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