Parents concerned over worksheet assigned to middle school students in Virginia
The superintendent of Hopewell Schools in Hopewell, Virginia has issued a statement after parents brought concerns to them about an assignment they said was inappropriate for their children's middle school class, according to our sister station WSET.
The statement in the next two paragraphs was posted on the school system's Facebook page:
Good Afternoon, here is the statement related to the worksheet that was distributed at Carter G. Woodson Middle School.
"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. Upon further review, we have determined that a teacher downloaded this worksheet from the Internet. This content was not a part of the current and approved curriculum for this course nor was it in any way an appropriate learning tool for middle school aged children. 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. At this point, this matter has become a personnel issue and no further comment is appropriate." Melody Hackney, Superintendent
The schools said a teacher at Carter G. Woodson Middle School distributed a worksheet that "was also not included or referenced in the teacher's weekly lesson plans that are reviewed and approved in advance of instruction."
WRIC reported that the teacher assigned a "Family Quiz" worksheet Friday in a Family and Consumer Sciences class.
As you can see in the worksheet, it began with straight-forward questions, like "What do you call the father of your father?" and "What do you call the sister of your father?"
But the last four questions are what's causing concern for parents:
Question: What do you call it when a married person has a relationship with someone else? Answer: An affair Question: What do you call a married man's girlfriend? Answer: Mistress Question: What do you call the much younger boyfriend of an older woman? Answer: Boy Toy Question: What do you call the much younger and beautiful wife of an older, wealthy man? Answer: Trophy wife
The school system wrote on Facebook that they determined that the teacher downloaded the worksheet from the Internet. It appears that website was designed to allow English as a Second Language teachers to share worksheets around the world.
It was created in 2011, according to WRIC and in 2013, the creator said "please remember that this worksheet may not be appropriate to teach to younger students and can be adapted to your own needs."
The schools said additional controls and the school board office supports have been put in place and said it's a personnel issue.