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Year 6 students quizzed on 'boytoys', 'trophy wives' in class task

9Honey logo 9Honey 3 days ago Kahla Preston

Students at a Virginia primary school have been quizzed on the definitions of words including mistress, trophy wife and boy toy.

A worksheet handed out to the home economics class at Carter G. Woodson Middle School required sixth grade students to identify family members and situations based on leading questions.

While it began with simple questions, like ‘What do you call the father of your father?’, the quiz went on to ask students about extramarital affairs and other more adult topics.

The final question was, “What do you call the much younger and beautiful wife of an older, wealthy man?” 

Another asked, “What do you call a married man’s girlfriend?”  

The worksheet drew ire from parents after one shared a photo of it Facebook, labelling it an inappropriate task for 11-year-olds.

"No one in the schools system needs to be teaching my daughter what a mistress is or a trophy wife or boy toy,” Tara Sample told news channel WTVR.

“We send our kids there to learn math, reading, science and history, not to learn this other stuff that goes on in the world that they’re eventually going to learn anyways."

Another parent said the class was supposed to be focused on traditional, family-based home economics lessons like "budgets, how to make a meal plan, how to set a table", not "street smart lingo".

According to a superintendent for the school, the worksheet had been downloaded by the class teacher but wasn’t part of the approved curriculum.

“This assignment was also not included or referenced in the teacher's weekly lesson plans that are reviewed and approved in advance of instruction,” Dr. Melody Hackney explained in a statement.

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