If you have kids, you know that teachers and the school are constantly sending home various worksheets and other papers that parents and students are expected to complete and then return to the school by a specific deadline. While these can certainly be an inconvenience at times, and many of these seem a bit excessive, they are usually nothing more than a minor annoyance. However, when it comes to one middle school in Hopewell, VA, a worksheet was not just a minor nuisance. Instead, it has parents fuming mad.
The worksheet in question was distributed by a teacher at a middle school in Hopewell called Carter G. Woodson Middle School. The worksheet was sent home on a Friday and it was called a “Family Quiz.” According to some of the parents, the worksheet was passed out as part of a Family & Consumer Sciences class.
Initially, the questions on the worksheet were mostly benign and relatively straightforward. It asked questions, such as what do the kids call their father’s father. Other questions closer to the top of the worksheet were similar and asked the kids what they called the sister of their father.
The worksheet was comprised on 20 questions and the first 16 were very much like the two just stated in the paragraph above. However, the last four questions left a number of parents with their jaws hitting the floor. The worksheet took a turn for the worse and the kids being only in middle school had no idea what the answers to the last four questions were.
For example, one of the last four questions asked the kids what it was when a person who is married has a relationship with someone who is not their spouse. Clearly, it was asking the kids to define an affair. The other three of the final four questions also asked the kids to define what a mistress, trophy wife and boy toy are. These are certainly things that no middle school student should be dealing with or talking about as part of a school’s curriculum.
The parents wanted to know how the school could approve such a worksheet for the classroom. It was quickly discovered that the worksheet was not approved and the kids should have never received it in the first place. One parent said that she could not believe that a teacher would ever give this type of thing to a student who is just 11 years old. She further stated that her daughter should never be taught at school what those things are.
The school made a statement saying that the teacher got the worksheet from the internet and that they never approved it to be part of the curriculum. The school further stated that it was not an appropriate tool for learning. On the website where the teacher got it, it even warned that it might not be appropriate for younger kids and that the teachers who do choose to use it can adapt it to make sure that it is appropriate. Too bad the teacher did not take this advice.