Saturday, May 18, 2024

Defiant Student Refuses to Tolerate ‘Rude’ Math Homework Question

Naomi Pacheco was in the ​middle of preparing ⁣dinner when her 10-year-old daughter, Rhythm Pacheco, called her ​over‍ to take a look at her math homework. As a parent, Naomi is used to⁢ helping her‍ child with⁣ homework, but‌ this time, Rhythm didn’t need any​ assistance.

Naomi Pacheco and her 10-year-old daughter, Rhythm Pacheco (Credit: Facebook)

According to Naomi, Rhythm exclaimed, “Mom, ⁣come and ⁢read this question! I am not answering this, this is ​so ⁤wrong.” The fourth‌ grader had come across a math ⁣problem‍ that she found offensive. It read, “The table⁤ to​ the right shows the weight‍ of three Grade 4 students. How much heavier is Isabel than the lightest student?”

Rhythm was concerned that this question would offend young girls who may already feel insecure about their ‍bodies. She circled the question and ​wrote “WHAT!” with an arrow pointing⁣ to ‌it.

Rhythm Pacheco refused to answer a math question about weight. (Credit: Provided)

She then wrote a note to her‍ teacher explaining why she couldn’t answer the question. “Dear Mrs. Shaw, I​ don’t want ‌to be rude, but I don’t think that math problem was very nice ⁢because that’s⁢ judging people’s weight. Also, the reason⁢ I did not do the sentence is cause I just don’t think ⁤that’s nice.⁣ -Love Rhythm”

Although Rhythm eventually solved the problem, she⁣ did ⁤not specify⁤ which child was heavier. ⁣”I‌ wrote a note‍ to my teacher⁣ because​ if it ‍was on my homework then it ‌could be on ‍other people’s homework too and I ⁤didn’t think it should‍ be on there.

I was very nervous I would ‌get in trouble for not⁢ writing out the question, but I still solved the problem. My teacher spoke to me about it and made me feel like ​she was on my side,” Rhythm⁤ said.

Rhythm’s math teacher ‍at Grant‌ Elementary School in Murray, Utah, fully‌ understood her⁢ perspective. “Rhythm’s teacher was so responsive⁢ and handled the situation with such care.

The note Rhythm Pacheco wrote to her teacher (Credit: Provided)

She told Rhythm that she ‌understands⁢ how she would be upset about this and that she didn’t have to ⁢write out the answer. She even ​responded to her ‍note with such love, correcting her grammar and told Rhythm, ‘I love you‌ too!'” Naomi said.

The math problem was⁢ part of ⁣Eureka Math, a popular curriculum program launched in 2013. Chad Colby, director of marketing communications at Eureka Math creator Great ‌Minds, stated that the company⁣ uses both male‌ and female names in their problem sets and‍ has never received this type of feedback before.

“User feedback is ⁤a vital part of our culture. We are grateful to receive constructive feedback‍ from students, teachers and parents alike.

We apologize for any discomfort or offense caused by the question. Please know that we will replace this question in all future reprints, and suggest that teachers supply ‍students with an appropriate replacement question in the interim,” he said.

Naomi Pacheco and her 10-year-old daughter, Rhythm Pacheco (Credit: Facebook)

D. Wright, the⁣ Murray City School District’s communications‌ and public information specialist, confirmed that the district will follow ⁢Eureka Math’s approach and is ⁢satisfied with how Rhythm’s teacher handled the problem.

“The teacher was sensitive to the child’s concerns, and the child’s parent ⁣indicated to ‍us that she felt we were supportive and understanding⁤ to her child ​and acknowledged her awareness of our positive intent,” Wright said.

While some may see the ⁤math question ⁤as insignificant, Naomi Pacheco believes that her‍ daughter has ‍identified a ​potentially sensitive issue for young girls. “We⁢ are all beautifully made​ to ​be different shapes and sizes and it’s not acceptable to ask, ‘How much heavier is Isabel than the lightest student?’⁢ Questions and comparisons ⁢such as these ⁢do more harm than​ good for‍ self-esteem and body ⁣image,” Naomi said.

Naomi ⁢is proud of her daughter for standing up ⁤for what is right.⁤ “Rhythm’s dad and I ⁣were extremely proud of Rhythm for listening to her gut instincts⁤ and standing​ up for what‍ is right,” she said.

“We hope Rhythm’s⁣ story will encourage adults and children everywhere to listen to each other,​ have hard conversations ⁣and ⁤seek change. Creating a safe⁢ space for children, empowering parents and improving the conversations ⁣that​ we have with ‌our children will build stronger relationships.”

But have‌ we become too sensitive as a nation when even‍ math homework has become offensive? While ⁣I‌ appreciate the mother and daughter’s perspective, ‌I believe that they have not reached a good resolution. The issue​ here is not the wording of the math question,‍ but the shame associated with the analogy. As a society, we should not put so much⁢ pressure on young girls to be ⁢the “perfect” size.

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