Should your middle school-aged children learn from their school what a “boy toy” is? How about a mistress? Apparently, a teacher at Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia had no problem with it.
The teacher gave the students a “quiz” that contained questions like “What do you call a married man’s girlfriend?” and “What do you call the younger boyfriend of a much older woman?”
In addition to that, the assignment required students to answer other “intimate and personal” questions that had answers like “affair” and “trophy wife.”
Of course, Parents are showing the school exactly how upset they are. As a local news station reports:
“Do you see anything wrong with it?” NBC12 asked parent Tara Sample.
“Yeah, I do. It doesn’t need to be taught in school,” she responded.
School is exactly where sixth grader Faith Sample received a shocking quiz in her Family and Consumer Science class.
“She passes the packet out and she tells us to start working on it,” the student said.
The fill-in-the-blank questions asked, “What do you call a married man’s girlfriend?” “What do you call the younger boyfriend of a much older woman?”
The answers are mistress and boy toy.
“Affair. Mistress. Boy toy. Trophy Wife,” Sample said, reading her answers.
The student mentioned it to her mother.
“I was like ‘we got this quiz today, and it had something about a ‘boy toy’ and she thought I was playing, but I really wasn’t, and she was like ‘go get the paper,'” the student explained.
“I can’t believe it when she brought it to me. I was like, ‘what the hell’ … I immediately emailed the school board,” Tara Sample said.
The school superintendent has responded to Sample and other outraged parents with this statement:
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.
Some thought that the teacher may have been a younger inexperienced one to make such a gaffe. It turns out, however, that the teacher in question is a middle-aged woman, with plenty of experience. The superintendent’s statement drives speculation that perhaps the teacher allowed some personal events spill over into her professional life.
Check out the full quiz for yourself below: