We've all received our fair share of dumb high school assignments — does anyone remember the science fair? And, sure, sometimes high school is about sucking it up and dealing with the less-than-ideal circumstances that come in the form of terrible group projects, the occasional vindictive teacher, and "busy work."
However, there is a limit to how much high school bullsh*t is acceptable. One Utah teacher really hit a new low with an assignment for a class that students are required to pass to graduate.
Jenn Oxborrow took to Facebook to share the following photo of her 16-year-old daughter Lacy's homework for her Adult Roles and Financial Literacy Class.
The mandatory assignment? To go on a date with someone of the opposite sex and to spend only $5. But there's more to it than that.
The photo's caption reads:
My 11th grade AP honors student's homework: "go on a date!" With a boy. And follow his suggestions--don't correct his personal habits, don't waste his money, and show him respect. Thanks for educating our kids, Utah Department of Education. We really appreciate your evidence-based misogyny.
"I was shocked," Jenn told ABC4 Utah. "I was completely disbelieving that this could be a real assignment."
The assignment relies on gender roles reminiscent of those from the 1950s.
new line cinema
Girls were instructed to "eat the food [they order]" so as not to "waste his money," keep body image issues to themselves, "be feminine and lady-like," and avoid commenting on his habits and driving.
The boys' handouts were equally archaic. Listen up, gents: "no gross noises," make the plans and "tell her what you're doing," and "at a restaurant, say what you're going to order so she will have a guide in ordering."
"I mean this is 2017 a girl can decide what she wants to do," Lacy reminded us. "There were just a lot of gender bias comments on those pages."
After Oxborrow's Facebook post gained traction online, receiving thousands of shares, the school board got involved.
Mark Peterson, spokesperson for the Utah State Board of Education, said the board was unaware of the assignment until they began receiving calls on Tuesday afternoon
"As soon as this was brought to our attention, it's clearly inappropriate, and we had it taken down," he said.
According to Peterson, this curriculum was not approved by the state board — it had been taken from the Utah Education Network, a forum allowing teachers to share assignments and ideas on various subjects.
This particular date assignment is believed to have been posted to the network in 2011.
Lacy reports that this is not the problematic first assignment she's received at school — she's even taken quizzes that manage to incorporate blatant misogyny.
"One of the answers suggested that women come home after their careers for a second job of housekeeping and childcare," she said.