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Parents concerned over worksheet assigned to Va. middle school students

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(Photo courtesy of WRIC in Richmond)

HOPEWELL, Va. (WSET) -- The superintendent of Hopewell Schools in Hopewell, Virginia has issued a statement after parents brought concerns to them about an assignment they said was inappropriate for their children's middle school class.

The schools said a teacher at Carter G. Woodson Middle School distributed a worksheet that "was also not included or referenced in the teacher's weekly lesson plans that are reviewed and approved in advance of instruction."

WRIC reported that the teacher assigned a "Family Quiz" worksheet Friday in a Family and Consumer Sciences class.

As you can see in the worksheet, it began with straight-forward questions, like “What do you call the father of your father?” and “What do you call the sister of your father?”

But the last four questions are what's causing concern for parents:

  • 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?
  • Answer: Mistress
  • 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

The school system wrote on Facevook that they determined that the teacher downloaded the worksheet from the Internet. It appears that website was designed to allow English as a Second Langauge teachers to share worksheets around the world.

It was created in 2011, according to WRIC and in 2013, the creator said “please remember that this worksheet may not be appropriate to teach to younger students and can be adapted to your own needs.”

The schools said additional controls and the school board office supports have been put in place and said it's a personnel issue.