My 8th grade English teacher was a Ms. Allison Shepherd, and she was pretty chill when it came to what we read. I know I did book presentations on Cold Mountain and Into Thin Air, which is pretty heady stuff for a 12-year-old.
But she has nothing on an 8th grade teacher in Cedarville, New Jersey, who gave students a straight up RATCHET prompt to write a reaction to.
“You had a really rotten day, but lucky for you your best friend is having an awesome party later. You go to the party and start drinking. You have a little too much to drink and start talking to this girl/guy you’ve never seen before. You head upstairs to better acquainted despite several friends telling you that you don’t even know this person. You end up having sex with this person. The next day you really can’t remember everything that happened and rely on your best friend to fill you in. A week later you find out that you contracted herpes from your one night stand and that this is a disease you will have all your life and never known when an outbreak will occur.”
Damn, yo life ruined little kid.
Also, who is having unsupervised sex parties in 8th grade? That’s the most unrealistic part.
Parents were … uh … a little perturbed. From Fox News:
Amy Loper … [said] she was shocked when she discovered her son’s homework assignment. And I mean she was shocked!
“It’s insane,” she said. “There is no reason whatsoever to discuss that kind of stuff with a kid. It’s not sex education class. It’s language arts.
“Society is in such a downward spiral and everyone is willing to go along on the ride instead of trying to bring up their kids and actually parent,” she said.
Now, I’m no pearl clutching moralist and could really care less if 12-year-olds are fucking their little peens off and contracting all manner of diseases — and we should, should be teaching sex education much earlier in life and do a much better job than we are now — but this is just a little much.