An Illinois math teacher is facing a lot of backlash after he remixed his lesson plan in an attempt to get his class to pay attention.

According to reports, he asked his students how much they would owe a drug dealer if they had a $1,000 debt and only paid 25 percent a day for a year. In another math problem he asked, “You take 600 mg of cocaine. Your body filters out 40 percent per hour. How high are you in three hours?”


Of course, students and teachers were shocked about the impromptu lesson, but the parents had mixed reviews. “We don’t need to be teaching children how long it takes to filter cocaine out of their bodies. That is ridiculous. That is not what we should be doing. We should be preventing this and not teaching them how to get rid of it,” one parent told KMOV News. Another parent said he wasn’t offended. “Either he was trying to relate in some way with the kids, be funny or something like that,” the parent explained.

In response, the school sent out a letter apologizing and promising to take “the necessary measures to ensure that the damage is repaired.”

“Student welfare is always the Roxana School District’s #1 priority. Unfortunately, unacceptable examples were used in a high school math class causing some parent and student distress. The district views the use of yesterday’s classroom examples as a demonstration of poor judgment,” the statement read. “The district is addressing the matter with the faculty member and those impacted by this incident. The faculty member has apologized to students and parents for this lapse in judgment and has reiterated the intent was never to promote or make light of illicit drug use.”

The school added that “the district is addressing this issue as a personnel matter according to district policy.” Thoughts, Roommates?

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