A homework assignment that asked Michigan high school students to figure out who fathered a fictitious baby outraged one father so much that he sent the worksheet back with the note: “We teach our children not to sleep around.”
Students in a ninth-grade biology class at Romeo High School were given a homework assignment on DNA that included a question about a mother trying to determine “who the father of her baby was,” according to WDIV-TV.
The assignment said:
“The sister of the mom above also had issues with finding out who the father of her baby was. 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?”
Possible answers in the multiple-choice question suggested the father could have been the cable guy, the mailman, the cab driver, the bartender or a guy she met at a club.
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“What are they teaching?” parent Larry Basaj asked the local NBC affiliate. “I couldn’t come up with the words. I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ 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.”
Basaj called the school district to complain and then had “a long talk” with his daughter, WDIV reported.
“The goal is that the students are understanding blood types and DNA and possibilities based on the makeup of the two parents,” Superintendent Nancy Campbell told WWJ-TV. “But, again, this painted a picture, I think, that was not appropriate. My first thought when I saw it was that it certainly [could have] been worded better.”
Campbell said the teacher has apologized and the assignment will be revised.
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