This image was just posted in one of my moms’ groups, and it was too weird not to share. A parent in Virginia was helping her 8-year-old daughter with homework when they came across a reading comprehension question that was baffling…a whole lot more so than any 3rd grade homework should be.
The full text of the homework assignment reads:
Ruby sat on the bed she shared with her husband holding a hairclip. There was something mysterious and powerful about the cheaply manufactured neon clip that she was fondling in her newly suspicious palms. She didn’t recognize the hairclip. It was too big to be their daughter’s, and Ruby was sure that it wasn’t hers. She hadn’t had friends over in weeks but here was this hairclip, little and green with a few long black hair strands caught in it. Ruby ran her fingers through her own blonde hair. She had just been vacuuming when she noticed this small, bright green object under her bed. Now their life would never be the same. She would wait here until Mike returned home.
The assignment goes on to ask why Ruby was so affected by the hairclip, the logical answer to which is INFIDELITY.
Um, what in the actual hell is this doing in an elementary school text?
A little digging found that the original source of the assignment is a website called eReadingWorksheets. Run by a man who calls himself Mr. Morton and claims to have formerly taught 7th and 8th grade students in Chicago, the site provides free sheets to help students practice Common Core standards such as making inferences from text. He has defended his use of controversial topics to appalled commenters on the site, telling parents that his worksheets “contain some situations that occur in real life” and it is up to educators to use their best judgment.
This particular worksheet has been removed from the site after being the subject of a local news segment in Arizona a year ago – although that doesn’t seem to have stopped it from being included in current curriculum.
Heads-up, teachers: read your assignments before passing them out.