Homophobes, by definition, aren’t very smart – even when they’re math teachers.
For reasons that remain completely unclear, a teacher at an all-boys school in England decided a math quiz was a good time to get on his soap box and promote the virtues of heterosexuality. The result was a question that is so bafflingly idiotic that the only sensible reaction was to laugh.
Here’s the question Royal Grammar School students got in what was supposed to be a routine math exam:
If in a town 70 per cent of the men are married to 90 per cent of the women (and each marriage is between one man and woman, as God intended when he made humans male and female) what percentage of the adult population are married?
What’s staggering is that the question didn’t need the biblical clarification. If it simply said “70 percent of men are married to 90 percent of women” the question would make just as much sense. (Presumably, some other percentage of the remaining men and women are in same-sex relationships, but that’s neither here nor there as far as the question is concerned.) The addition of biblical grandstanding was clearly intended solely to promote bigotry.
According to Bucks Free Press, parents are describing it – with legendary understatement – as having a clear “anti-LGBT bias.” The school agreed, noting that the teacher who wrote the question had retired and the teacher who provided the exam to students won’t be returning to the school, either.
Interestingly, the hypothetical town mentioned in the question cannot be in England. The country legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. The men and women of the town are able to marry whichever gender partner they prefer, word problems be damned.
The country was not always so tolerant. English homophobia famously drove brilliant mathematician Alan Turning to suicide after he was convicted of the “crime” of being gay just after the close of World War II – a war he helped win with his code-breaking ability. The English government only recently apologized.
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