School sucks enough as is, so the last thing students need is a sexual assault question coming out of the clouds and making the whole situation worse. As for the teacher who used the question, they’re blaming a website where they download stock questions. Essentially what the school is saying is ‘we didn’t purposefully use this question, our staff is just lazy.”
As for the question: “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.” The answers were a. boyfriend, b. brother or c. father.
A number of parents complained to the Pennridge School District about the question. The district said the assignment was “downloaded from a website that allows teachers around the world to share educational resources.”
“It is not part of our approve curriculum,” the district said in a statement.
The district apologized for the question and said they have taken steps to make sure that never happens again, which hopefully includes teachers reading over their assignments before handing them out to their students.