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WRIC TV 8 Covers Hanover ‘Jihad’ Math Problem Story – Interviews Tom White

I spoke with WRIC-TV 8 this afternoon on the math problem in a Hanover Elementary School that used the name “Jihad” as part of the problem.

I wrote about this in this post and was also quoted in Monday’s Richmond Times Dispatch in this link. So the story is making the rounds to say the least.


A math problem causes an uproar at a Hanover County Elementary school. The controversy all began over a name used in the problem, “Jihad.”

The problem asks kids to create a bar graph using the numbers of leaves collected by different students. The problem has been around for years in Hanover County’s question bank with other questions created by teachers around the district, but one name in particular caused parents to question the question at a recent school board meeting.

β€œA lot of the parents when they heard that were pretty shocked and upset.”

Tom White, a Hanover resident and creator of the website “Virginia Right” says he wrote about the topic after a number of parents approached him with concerns. Hanover County Schools says the question was created by a teacher who had a student named Jihad at the time. Officials say every other name in the problem were also students, created to help engage the students in the learning process.

β€œIt is a valid name, it’s not very common but it generally has come to mean a holy war against Christians,” said White.

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About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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