Shout out to Carter G. Wilson middle school in Hopewell, Virginia. A teacher there found a quiz online and gave it to eleven year-old Family and Consumer Sciences students. The quiz was about family structures and began with fairly normal questions like "What do you call the father of your father," the local Fox affiliate reported. Then, at the end, things took a turn for the weird.
Here were the last four questions and answers:
What do you call it when a married person has a relationship with someone else?
What do you call a married man's girlfriend?
What do you call the much younger boyfriend of an older woman?
What do you call the much younger and beautiful wife of an older, wealthy man?
Umm, what? The teacher then went over the questions and answers with the students, who didn't know what some of the terms meant. Because they're eleven. It turns out that the quiz was actually designed for adults learning English as a second language as a way for them to learn slang terms. The creator even said "please remember that this worksheet may not be appropriate to teach younger students and can be adapted to your own needs." After parents posted the assignment on Facebook, it gathered a lot of attention. School Superintendent Melody Hackney said in a statement:
We were made aware last evening of the Facebook coverage 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.
Parents remain unhappy. Fox 8 reports that mom Tara Sample told WRIC-TV:
It was highly inappropriate for a teacher to bring this up in a family class, which was family and consumer science because it had nothing to do with the family unit that is outside the family unit. No one in the schools system needs to be teaching my daughter what a mistress is or a trophy wife or boy toy. It's inappropriate for a school. Period. We send our kids there to learn math, reading, science and history not to learn this other stuff that goes on in the world.
They district says that this is a personnel matter and no further comment is appropriate. None of this is appropriate, and families deserve to know what they intend to do about this weird teacher who finds random quizzes online and gives them to her students.