Utah teacher tells students to go on a date, giving girls ridiculous guidelines
Dating in high school is already awkward, stressful, and anxiety-inducing without teachers pushing gender biased agendas on students. A Utah teacher told her students to go on a date for an assignment, and the suggestions for how the girls should act were just ridiculous. An outraged mother, Jenn Oxborrow, posted about it on Facebook, writing, “Thanks for educating our kids, Utah Department of Education. We really appreciate you [sic] evidence-based misogyny.”
The Adult Roles and Financial Literacy teacher told both genders to go on a date, giving the boys a limit of $5 to spend. Suggestions on how each gender should act on said date were submitted by the opposite sex, with the guidelines for the girls including to be “feminine and lady-like,” have a sense of humor, eat the food you order so as not to waste his $5, and say more than “I don’t care” when asked for a suggestion. Oh, and there was also a line about not spending too long in the bathroom or going in groups. So, yeah, real cool assignment.
Highland High School Principal Chris Jenson told The Salt Lake Tribune the teacher took the handouts from the state-approved classroom materials, so high schoolers all over Utah are potentially being forced to go on dates and deal with antiquated gender biases.
“She’s just mortified,” Jenson said of the teacher. “She wanted it to be a light-hearted lesson in social norms.”
Apparently the assignment was intended to be a casual date or time with a friend, but Oxborrow’s daughter said it didn’t seem that way. “She never said that it could be a friend,” the student told The Salt Lake Tribune. “She really didn’t leave it up to us if we wanted to or not.”
Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first time the school has perpetuated gender roles/biases. Oxborrow told Bustle, “My daughter missed a question on a test because it said, ‘True or false: when women come home at the end of the day, they work a second shift doing all the laundry and child-care and cooking.'” She explained, “And she marked false, because that’s not what she, you know, is seeking in a relationship, and not what’s been modeled for her at her home, and she received that as an incorrect answer to her test and lost a point in that class.”
Good for Oxborrow and her daughter for calling out the school on this BS.