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A high school in Pennsylvania assigned homework to students that included reference to sexual abuse.

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The class was apparently studying the life of Maya Angelou, and the teacher thought that the author’s sexual abuse would make a great framing for a math question.

I don’t think that this should have been hidden from the teens, or that they weren’t mature enough to handle it, but who thought it was a good idea to just tritely insert it into a question like that that doesn’t reflect the gravity of the subject in any way?

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To make matters worse,

“A subsequent question in the same homework asked about a single mother who is trying to support her son by working as a pimp and a prostitute.”

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38613255

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