The mother of a 13-year-old eighth grader in Lee County, Florida, took to social media to complain about her child’s homework, which she believes is inappropriate.
The mother, who has not been identified, told Fox 4 Now that the math homework included questions like:
She also objected to a literary question regarding poet Maya Angelou’s work. The question read:
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
Lee County School District spokeswoman Amity Chandler said the principal has apologized to parents, according to Fox 4 Now. She added that the homework was assigned by a substitute teacher after the regular instructor took maternity leave from Lexington Middle School.
"The worksheet in question was utilized by Algebra I Honors classes and was chosen by a veteran teacher for its alignment with Florida Standards,” she said. "While Maya Angelou is a well-known American [a]uthor and the facts of the worksheet are historically accurate, the [p]rincipal believes they were inappropriate for some students."
Angelou’s poem about her rape at the age of eight at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, called “And I Still Rise,” was removed from a required reading list for Wake County High School juniors in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1987 because it contained depictions of sexual assault, according to Delete Censorship.