I'm student teaching three lessons this semester until I have my final internship next semester. I was placed in a 7th grade science class, and an 8th grade math class. The problem is that the 8th grade math class is an inclusion class where many students have an IEP. Now, this wouldn't be a problem with me normally, but there are a few signs that make me concerned that this class isn't genuine. For one, this is 8th grade, and they are working on 5th grade math problems. The last two classes I had to sit through I was disgusted to see the teacher lecturing on how to add and subtract numbers with decimals when basic arithmetic should already be covered by 4th grade. I know many of the students are in special education, but the other problem is that I think this school is racial profiling. The school has over 70% white students, yet this class is mostly black kids and a few Hispanic. I'm thinking the school may have just fudged some IEPs to create a math class for the black kids. The school is one of the top rated ones, and I think they are worrying if they make math too difficult, given we are in the south and many conservatives believe blacks are unintelligent and lazy, that their ratings may go down. What I did was I got with the teacher and I am going to be swapping class periods and teaching lessons to the regular class, because I told her I wouldn't teach that class because they don't follow common core standards, and I'm not planning a lesson that isn't at their grade level. Part of me wants to report this school to the state after this semester is over, because I think they are definitely milking that class with easiness for all it is worth and are being obviously racist. I know this may seem to some people that I'm getting paranoid and making up a conspiracy, but those problems didn't seem difficult for any one of them, and they didn't appear to be working on anything challenging. The other problem is I don't see how if those students are on an IEP, that all 20 of them are at the exact same level in math that they need to be taught 5th grade material. There would be at least some that are at a middle school level I'd believe. I don't really know what to do about this. It is just frustrating and if there are this many issues with math that so many students can't do problems at anywhere near their grade level, that this is going to be a real problem for me as a math teacher.