Homework Assignment On DNA Features Offensive Question Regarding Paternity


A Michigan father is up in arms after his daughter informed him of a strange question on her homework assignment regarding DNA.

“The sister of the mom above also had issues with finding out who the father of her baby was,” reads the question. “She had the state take a blood test of potential fathers. Based on the information in this table, why was the baby taken away by the state after the test?"

The question on the girl’s biology homework left Larry Basaj “beyond fired up” and prompted him to reach out to the school to express his anger.

"What are they teaching ... what is ... I couldn't come up with the words. I was like oh my God,” said Basaj. “It's teaching them that it's OK to not know who it is because you can have the state help you. And if they can't help you they are going to take your child away, and it's not the way it is. I was beyond fired up last night."

The question also included a list of potential fathers, including a bartender, guy at the club, cabdriver, and flight attendant.

Audri Basaj says she has interpreted it to be negative towards women.

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"Now that I see what it really means, I think it like depicts women in a really uncomfortable light," said Audri.

Romeo Community Schools Superintendent Nancy Campbell says that the school is now working to revise the question, which was reportedly taken from an online assignment regarding blood types.

“We are glad this parent brought this assignment to our attention,” said Campbell. “There is no need for any homework assignment to be offensive for parents or students.”

The teacher claims the question was taken from an assignment on the website teachingbioformatics.com aimed at using ideas teenagers can comprehend. Still, Larry Basaj says he believes there is a better way to teach teens about DNA.


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