A Detroit parent was furious after reading a recent homework assignment given to his daughter with a question that sounded like it belonged on the Maury Povich Show. Did this homework assignment go too far?
While it is important to teach children about DNA, blood types, and genetics, isn’t there a better way than the question on this teens biology worksheet? The question read, “The sister of the mom above also had issues with finding out who the father of her baby was. She had the state take a blood test of potential fathers. Based on the information in this table, why was the baby taken away by the state after the test?” The possible answers paint an even uglier picture. The choices for potential fathers given included bartender, guy at the club, cab driver, or flight attendant.
Although the question does depict a real problem in our society, as evidenced by the numerous talk shows that have hour long episodes to expose “Who The Baby Daddy Is,” is this really the message we want to send children from their school? One would hope schools would promote values, rather than “sleeping around,” which is what this father felt the assignment was doing.
The father sent the homework assignment back, incomplete, with a note that said, “We teach our children not to sleep around.
When the concerns were brought to the attention of the school, Nancy Campbell, Superintendent of the Romeo schools, where the assignment was given agreed there were issues with the question. According to CBS Detroit, Campbell stated:
“The goal is that the students are understanding blood types and DNA and possibilities based on the makeup of the two parents. But, again, this painted a picture, I think, that was not appropriate. My first thought when I saw it was that it certainly been worded better.”
Campbell said the teacher got the worksheet from a teaching website and has apologized.
“Teachers use all kinds of different resources that are available to them. [This incident] brings in awareness for all of our staff to, you know, be more thoughtful and reflective about the items they use when they put them on a homework assignment.”
According to Campbell, only one parent complained, which raises the question, did the assignment go too far or did this parent overreact?
My mind goes back to a public service announcement I remember hearing in the past – “Do you know where your children are?” In this case, “Do you know what the school is teaching your child?” Mad World News applauds this father for being aware, raising his concerns, and most importantly, speaking to his daughter about the assignment.