Allegations of Sixism Abound in NHS Math Department

by Sonny Joe Grieff, staff writer

April 2016 (Volume 66, Issue 3)

Students of  four math teachers have approached the NHS administration in recent days accusing the department of “rampant sixism,” according to an anonymous source from one of the offices, causing Mr. Shea, the department head, to issue a statement on the high school Web site. “While I have full faith in all of the teachers in my department,” the statement says, “I obviously take very seriously any allegations of wrongdoing made by students.” In the statement Mr. Shea goes on to say that he will be following up on the allegations in order to “root out any hint of integerism going on” in his department. Senior Megan Lynch said that she was glad students finally went to the administration, as “I’ve had four different teachers at the high school, and not one of them ever included a six on any worksheet, problem set, or test. And I’m not just talking about the number of the problems. I mean even in the actual equations themselves. It’s like a sea of twos, threes, fours, fives, and sevens. And they love the nines; there are nines all over the place.” Dr. Barnes and Mr. Sicotte are reportedly meeting this week with math teachers to get a sense of just how accepting the department is to sixes. “Dr. Barnes came into my geometry class earlier this week and sat down in the back,” explained sophomore Jimmy Kenssler. “My teacher immediately put a six up on the board, but he erased it as soon as Dr. Barnes left. Pathetic.”

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