There aren’t enough eye rolls in the world…
Earlier this week, a Utah mother shared a disturbing assignment that her high school student received in a Financial Literacy and Adult Roles class.
Jenn Oxborrow took to Facebook to share a project requiring students to “go on a date,” and outlined different instructions for boys and girls!
The Salt Lake City resident shared a snap of the female instructions that told girls to be “feminine and lady-like” and not to “waste his money,” “[check] in the mirror combing hair,” “fish for compliments,” or “criticize his driving.”
Miz Oxborrow was absolutely outraged by this, posting:
Jenn was so shocked that the girls received instructions “from the guys,” and SLAMMED the teacher for promoting sexist ideas in a recent interview with The Guardian, saying:
“I was horrified. It wasn’t the first time that we had seen content that was gender biased in this class. But this was over the top. As a teacher, you have a responsibility to be inclusive and to think very carefully about the message you’re sharing.”
Her daughter, Lucy Mulligan, also thought it was absurd:
“I just thought it was so bizarre. The girls’ assignment was essentially based around how to please boys.”
She definitely isn’t wrong. In case you couldn’t read all the rules in Jenn’s post:
The 16-year-old also highlighted how the assignment’s wording and gender separation discriminated against members of the LGBTQ community, adding:
“I was thinking of kids in my class who might not identify as being straight or might not identify as any particular gender. If you’re struggling to come out or feel comfortable in your environment and then you’re given this assignment that makes it seem like it might be unacceptable, I just think it’s encouraging pretty unfair standards.”
Her momma echoed that sentiment:
“This can contribute to really dangerous and unhealthy relationships. It’s completely non-inclusive and completely insensitive.”
Meanwhile, the boys’ worksheet perpetuated insulting stereotypes that maintain women can’t think for themselves by telling male students to talk about what they plan to order at a restaurant “so she will have a guide in ordering,” to not “be concerned with how much she is or isn’t eating,” and generalized that “girls like flowers and little gifts.”
Highland High School‘s principal Chris Jenson wouldn’t identify the teacher, but DID tell everyone that the offensive instructor is actually a woman, telling the Salt Lake Tribune:
“She wanted it to be a light-hearted lesson in social norms.”
UGH. Women should be building each other up, not encouraging them to fit into archaic molds created by an outdated society.
Spokesman for the Utah Board of Education, Mark Peterson, tried to defend the teacher by saying she didn’t write the lesson plan herself, but rather pulled it from an educator network.
But even though the unnamed mind-molder didn’t create the assignment, she still decided the sexist and LGBTQ-unfriendly sheets were appropriate to distribute to her 11th graders.
It has since been taken off the online network, but Jenn doesn’t believe that solves the problem:
“They are acting like this is all taken care of because one worksheet has been modified or taken down. I’m really concerned that the content and messaging is evidence-based.”
What do YOU think of these lesson plans??
[Images via Jenn Oxborrow/The Guardian.]