One story problem on an algebra test in Florida has parents questioning the school district’s judgement.

The Lee County School District in southwest Florida has raised the ire of some parents over their choice of test for an algebra class. The subject used in the set-up for the questions on the test was the late Maya Angelou’s life. What parents are objecting to is some of the parts of Angelou’s life they decided to highlight, they believe, are inappropriate not only for a math test, but for 8th graders.

One of the questions causing a stir is:


Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s _____ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.

A. (0,2) Boyfriend
B. (4,6) Brother
C. (-3,-1) Father

Historically accurate, parents object to the concept of sexual abuse being used as part of a child’s math class.

Another question is:


Trying to support her son as a single mother, she worked as pimp, prostitute and ______.

A. (-3,-2) Bookie
B. (9,10) Drug Dealer
c. (4,5) Night Club Dancer

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