A classroom quiz in a Virginia school has parents in an uproar.
The controversial "Family Quiz" was assigned on Nov. 10 by a teacher at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, reports WTVR.
The assignment, which was given in a Family & Consumer Sciences class, reportedly began with some rather innocent questions.
But the final four questions, listed below, yield answers which many parents deemed inappropriate for their children.
Question: What do you call it when a married person has a relationship with someone else?
Answer: An affair
Question: What do you call a married man's girlfriend?
Question: What do you call the much younger boyfriend of an older woman?
Answer: Boy Toy
Question: What do you call the much younger and beautiful wife of an older, wealthy man?
Answer: Trophy wife
Some parents say their children did not understand what some of those answers meant.
"I couldn't believe that an educator would be giving something like that an 11-year-old," parent Tara Sample said. "No one in the school system needs to be teaching my daughter what a mistress is or a trophy wife or boy toy. It's inappropriate for a school. Period. We send our kids there to learn math, reading, science and history not to learn this other stuff that goes on in the world that they eventually going to learn anyways."
In a statement to WRIC, she added: "It was highly inappropriate for a teacher to bring this up in a family class, which was family and consumer science because it had nothing to do with the family unit that is outside the family unit," Tara said.
Sample posted a copy of her daughter's quiz on Facebook, inciting outrage from other concerned parents.
On Nov. 14, Hopewell Schools Superintendent Dr. Melody Hackney issued a statement, according to WTVR:
We were made aware last evening of the Facebook coverage of the assignment given to students in the Family and Consumer Sciences program at our middle school. We immediately began to investigate.
Upon further review, we have determined that a teacher downloaded this worksheet from the Internet. This content was not a part of the current and approved curriculum for this course nor was it in any way an appropriate learning tool for middle school aged children. This assignment was also not included or referenced in the teacher's weekly lesson plans that are reviewed and approved in advance of instruction.
The quiz, which has been available online since 2011, was reportedly intended to be used by those who teach English as a second language.
Although hundreds of visitors to the site on which the quiz is posted have left comments praising its humor, others condemned it as inappropriate.
On the site, the quiz's creator cautioned that "this worksheet may not be appropriate to teach to younger students and can be adapted to your own needs."