Unfortunately, kids face a lot of pressure at school. There’s a lot of progress still to be made with dress codes, students are often bullied for how they look, and black students are often criticized unnecessarily for how they choose to wear their hair. However, while you wouldn’t necessarily expect homework itself to be the culprit, that’s exactly what happened with this student’s sexist homework assignment — and her mom decided to take action.
When Lynne Polvino saw the assignment given to her six-year-old daughter, she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The worksheet was a fill-in-the-blank assignment that asked students to complete a story about a girl who was upset about her mother returning to work. Polvino told Yahoo, “It just pushed so many buttons for me, and with each sentence it managed to get worse! My shock and dismay quickly turned to outrage. I mean, what decade are we in, anyway? In this day and age, we’re going to tell kids that mothers working outside the home makes their children and families unhappy? That fathers don’t normally do things like cook and wash the dishes?”
Polvino happens to work as a children’s book editor, and she edited the worksheet to reflect what she thought was a much more appropriate lesson for her daughter and other students in the class. Her new version includes paid paternity leave for both parents, and the father in the story contributes equally to the well-being of the household. She emailed it to her daughter’s teacher, who agreed with the message of her new story and has promised to look worksheets over more carefully before handing them out in the future.
It’s wonderful that Polvino spoke up, and we’re glad her daughter’s teacher listened to her concerns. The new version of the story is certainly worth reading, if you have some time. Check it out on Facebook.
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