Parents concerned over worksheet assigned to middle school students in Virginia

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

This worksheet was, apparently, sent home to a class of middle schoolers in Virginia.

First, we checked with the district, Hopewell City Public Schools.

An upset parent from Carter G. Woodson Middle School brought the matter to Hackney's attention through a post on social media.

Sixth graders at Woodson received a shocking quiz in their Family and Consumer Science class.

Another asked, "What do you call a married man's girlfriend?"

Some problems on the quiz asked questions such as "What do you call the father of your father?" and "What do you call the mother of your great-grandfather?" but more nefarious questions were included on the test. The answer to that one - "Trophy Wife". The outcry prompted the superintendent of Hopewell Schools to issue a statement on Monday, Nov. 13, promising to take action and acknowledging the learning tool was "not in any way appropriate", reports WTVR.

The parents said the worksheet started with standard questions about the organization of a family unit, but ended with questions about marital infidelity and terms like "trophy wife" and "boy toy".

Sample posted a photo of her daughter's worksheet on Facebook where other parents chimed in and agreed with her outrage.

Among the questions listed in the quiz are'What do you call it when a married person has a relationship with someone else? and'What do you call the much younger boyfriend of an older woman
Parents of sixth grade students outraged over school worksheet which quizzed students on what is a 'boy toy', 'mistress' and 'trophy wife'

In response to the backlash, the school district released a statement saying that the quiz was not supposed to be part of the curriculum.

We were made aware last evening of the Facebook coverage of the assignment given to students in the Family and Consumer Sciences program at our middle school. We immediately began to investigate.

'This assignment was also not included or referenced 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 Hopewell incident.

It appears that website was created to allow English as a Second Language teachers to share worksheets around the world.

Its creator said it was meant to be humorous and not educational.

On the site, the quiz's creator cautioned that "this worksheet may not be appropriate to teach to younger students and can be adapted to your own needs".

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