Without a doubt, 9/11 is one of the most horrific events that has ever transpired in our nation’s history, with 3,000 lives lost on that horrific day.
That’s not to mention all of the negative ways our lives have been impacted in light of the attack, with the creation of more intrusive measures being implemented to prevent future attacks. Like the TSA for example.
Given those facts, you can see why it would be grossly inappropriate for a school to use this event as the basis for a math problem. I mean, you’d have to be a complete knucklehead to think such a thing would be an acceptable idea.
Yet that’s what this Massachusetts school did, and they’re paying the price for it.
Parents in Massachusetts are outraged after their high school students were asked to solve a math problem about 9/11.
A problem asking students to determine how long United Flight 175 was in the air before hitting the World Trade Center appeared on algebra homework at Newburyport High School.
“Thinking about something so sad with everything else going on in the world, I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” grandparent Carol Bogard said.
Parents say there’s no excuse for the inappropriate question or how it was worded.
“Flight 175, one of 9/11 planes, was traveling at 586 miles per hour when it hit the World Trade Center. It had traveled a distance of 440 miles before impact. How many minutes was the plane in the air?” the question read.
What’s worse, parents say, is the fact that the school has a personal connection to the tragedy. Tom Pecorelli, a Newburyport High alumnus, was killed on American Airlines Flight 11.
“It’s very disrespectful. That’s one of the first things that comes to mind: it’s really disrespectful,” said Pecorelli’s sister, Angela Wadleigh.
Wadleigh says the teacher owes her and other 9/11 families an apology.
Why would anyone even want to make a math problem out of a terrorist attack? I mean, what kind of individual immediately has that come to mind when coming up with teaching aids for students? Ridiculous.
This teacher needs to immediately issue a statement publicly to the media apologizing to the families who lost loved ones and then to the rest of the country for such an insensitive, offensive course of action.