The preteens are a very impressionable age. Although kids in the 10-to-12 range aren’t teenagers quite yet, they also aren’t exactly kids.
And considering that tricky transition from childhood to the teen years, a group of parents firmly believes that the work sheet provided to their kids by a middle school teacher was highly inappropriate.
On November 10, 2017, the “Family Quiz” work sheet was handed out by a teacher at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia, according to parents.
The questions were meant to help test students on the definitions of various terms for relatives. The first few were straightforward and not outside the norm, asking questions like, “What do you call the father of your father?” or “What do you call the mother of your wife?”
But the last four questions threw everyone for a loop:
17. What do you call it when a married person has a relationship with someone else?
18. What do you call a married man’s girlfriend?
19. What do you call the much younger boyfriend of an older woman?
20. What do you call the much younger and beautiful wife of an older, wealthy man?
One mom named Tara Sample led the charge when her daughter came home from school with the work sheet, posting a photo of it on Facebook. “So this is what they teach in 6th grade cooking classes? (Family & Consumer Sciences) WTF!?!? SMH Who comes up with this?” she wrote alongside the photo.
“I couldn’t believe that an educator would be giving something like that to an 11-year-old,” Tara told WTVR. “No one in the school system needs to be teaching my daughter what a mistress is — or a trophy wife or boy toy. It’s just inappropriate for a school. Period.”
The school system responded with a statement from Superintendent Dr. Melody Hackney on November 13, 2017, explaining that officials immediately investigated after learning of the inappropriate assignment.
They discovered that a teacher at the school had downloaded the work sheet from the internet. Dr. Hackney clarified that the content wasn’t part of the approved curriculum for the class and agreed that it was not appropriate, stressing that the assignment wasn’t included “in the teacher’s weekly lesson plans that are reviewed and approved in advance of instruction.”
“Additional controls and School Board Office supports have been put in place,” Dr. Hackney said about the incident. “At this point, this matter has become a personnel issue and no further comment is appropriate.”
WTVR reported that the work sheet had originally been posted on a website for English As A Second Language teachers, where they could share work sheets — and where its creator included a reminder that the work sheet was not appropriate to teach to younger students.
Unfortunately, it seems that this middle school teacher might have missed that note.
How would you react if your child brought something like this home from school?
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