When Jenn Oxborrow’s 16-year-old daughter Lacy brought home an odd homework assignment from her Adult Roles and Financial Literacy class at her Utah high school, she was less than thrilled. The class was a graduation requirement meant to teach kids life skills necessary for living independently.
Seriously, is this 2017 or 1957? The suggestions sheet reads as a pretty exhaustive list of standards for girls, including “don’t waste his money,” “be feminine and ladylike” and, “if you think you’re fat, keep it to yourself.”
And then the very end concludes with, “relax and be yourself.” Well why didn’t ya just say so!
After the incident, Oxborrow took to Facebook saying, “My 11th grade AP honors student’s homework: ‘go on a date!’ … Thanks for educating our kids, Utah Department of Education. We really appreciate your evidence-based misogyny.”
Not long after Oxborrow posted about her daughter Lacy’s homework assignment on Facebook, other outraged parents began calling the Utah State Board of Education to complain about the inappropriate assignment. The school board stated that they had not sponsored it and that they had taken it down immediately upon learning of it.
Lacy says that this isn’t the first time she’s experienced sexism in her school assignments. She says that “one of the answers [on a quiz she took] suggested that women come home after their careers for a second job of housekeeping and childcare.”
The strangest part about this ordeal is that Lacy’s teacher was a woman herself! You’d think she’d have enough compassion (common sense?) to rethink this whole thing before assigning something so controversial to young girls, wouldn’t you?