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“Racist” Polish school puzzle sparks controversy

Posted by Kris Roman on April 10, 2009

 

A new Polish mathematics schoolbook has sparked nationwide outrage over a “racist” conundrum, in which students are asked to calculate how to drown more Turks than Christians, national media reported on Friday.

The problem reads: “A boat caught in a storm and about to sink has 15 Christians and 15 Turks on board. To save the boat from sinking, half of the people in the boat must jump overboard. One of the Christians suggests that everyone stand in line and every ninth jumps overboard. How should the Christians stand so that only the Turks drown?”

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