Would You Find This Homework at Schools in the SBC?
After living in Arizona and having my son live in this school district, makes me glad we aren't sending our kids their schools...which by the way, ranker lower than Louisiana schools.
A horrendous curriculum has come to light by a 4th grade student, Kyera Nicks, at the Playa Del Rey Elementary School in Gilbert, AZ (a suburb of Phoenix). An afternoon last week, this 10-year old girl brought her homework to her Mom to ask for help...to day Mom was "a little shocked" was being polite. The lesson was not quite the kind of thing you would expect to see on the Required Reading List for 4th grade.
The worksheet the little girl was asking her Mom to help her with asked the 10-year old to explain what was happening in a situation where a woman finds another woman’s hair clip under the bed.
“It was shocking that [they] would actually put that on a 4th grader’s homework,” Kyera McCloskey told ABC 15 with precocious maturity. “I kinda had my mom help me with the answer a little bit, because I didn’t want to go too deep into what the question was trying to ask me…”
So how did she answer the question:
"The husband had cheated, and he was in big trouble.”
In a classic move of "pass the buck", when Kyera's Mom, Nicole, wanted to learn more about how this kind of homework could be sent home with a 10-year old (much less any student aged child), she was told the teacher hadn’t written the assignment. The teacher added that she had merely skimmed it before passing it out and immediately apologized to all the parents in the class. The school denounced the assignment, after the damage was done.
As any good parent would feel, Kyera's Mom still wasn't satisfied..
“If my kid turned in an assignment and they skimmed it, they’d get in trouble for it, they’d get a bad grade,” she said. “That’s not a subject matter that the school needs to bring up to my child.”
So where did this "Educational" material come from?
According to TheBlaze (an online news magazine), this is not something that the school district edorses or uses. As it is explained, the teacher went off-the-page and used an online source that she has a history of success. So this one teacher did not get approval from her boss, nor the school board.
“She downloaded a worksheet, but unfortunately she read the first two scenarios but did not read the last two...This is not condoned in any way,” The school district has said, “We’d like to be done with it and move on.”
In case you were wondering, this teacher is still employed and refuses to supply the name of the website she used for the materials.