Math Or Meth Class? Students Learn Drug Economics


Some parents in San Dimas, Ca., are unhappy about a seventh-grade mathematics class that featured drug-dealing economics last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. Students at Lone Hill Middle School were asked to calculate the cost of buying cocaine, heroin and other illegal narcotics. Her daughter “told us she’s ‘addicted to marijuana’ and ‘has a $300 drug habit,’ ” said parent Diana Mitchell. “Everyone in the class has to figure out how much their drug costs, how much they need and how much they spend on it. My husband and I were both stunned.”

Students were assigned made-up “careers” and “drug habits” and told to figure out how much illegal drugs they could afford on their imaginary salaries, she said. “She thinks it’s cool. That upset me too,” Mitchell said.

Making drugs seem cool is the opposite of what teacher Rebecca Sparks was attempting, said a school official. He said the assignment had been part of the school’s “Red Ribbon Week” anti-drug campaign.


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