'$5 Date' classroom assignment exhibits gender bias, family says

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  • patjan Flower Mound, TX
    Jan. 12, 2017 10:14 a.m.

    As a certified teacher, I know that teachers are supposed to work according to the culture that their students live in. This assignment seems to fit Utah cultural norms.

  • Wyomex Burlington, WY
    Jan. 12, 2017 8:15 a.m.

    Too often we see this pattern:

    Someone is offended.
    They rant.
    They demand.
    Capitulation occurs.


    Oxborrow/Highland High,
    Peter Metcalf/Outdoor Retailers,
    Transgender people/bathroom facilities,

    The pattern is the same.

    Rarely do those offended offer meaningful solutions.

    The basic idea of the assignment sounds appropriate: Identify the appropriate interests and perceptions of boys & girls of dating age then fit those into a budget.

  • Hooky Riverton, UT
    Jan. 12, 2017 8:04 a.m.

    "It's just not okay." So....why is it not okay? Care to explain?

    This feels like another pointless crusade by the left to eliminate traditional gender roles. Because apparently traditional gender roles are "bad."

  • Max Upstate, NY
    Jan. 11, 2017 7:48 p.m.

    I wish the article explained the problem. All kinds of horror but no details. Usually boys want to know what girls are thinking and girls want to know what boys are thinking. What is the harm in that?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 6:56 p.m.

    Sorry, this parent needs to get a grip. The student could have brought up the gender roles or "stereotypes" in class and fostered a discussion. Hence, a learning opportunity missed. Or maybe one granted on how to use the media for your 15 minutes of fame.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 4:54 p.m.

    I'd been wondering what the definition of "date" is here in Utah-planned, paired off, paid for-is what young people are told. Everywhere else it is understood "date" includes sleeping together and boys are no longer expected to take the initiative and ask.

  • james d. morrison Boise, ID
    Jan. 11, 2017 3:42 p.m.

    Not sure what the big deal is. It is just a list of how to treat your date well, aka with manners.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 2:58 p.m.

    Sounds like a great lesson all the way around. Bring up these concerns as part of the discussion on roles.

    Great job teacher!

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Jan. 11, 2017 2:30 p.m.

    The family did exactly the correct thing. Unless it goes viral, the administration won't touch it.

  • Duh West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 1:44 p.m.

    A lot on nothing that isn't even note worthy. Just some people wanting their 5 minutes of fame. Oh look, I already forgot what this is really all about!

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 1:32 p.m.

    Yes, I cannot believe the "legs" this story has.

    Maybe mom should just homeschool - to make sure everything is done correctly!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 1:23 p.m.

    Its not really a scandal, but it is a very poorly planned lesson.

    The class is "financial literacy", so the assignment should contain suggestions for staying under the budget of $5. Instead, the lesson plan was littered with rules on how to behave on a date. That has nothing to do with finances. Strip out the silliness and stick to financial literacy. Let the class vote on which team ("date") did the most with their $10.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:59 p.m.

    Much ado about nothing

  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:33 p.m.

    First of all, I can't believe this "scandal" made the news. Secondly, why not keep the assignment and just make appropriate changes to it is so there are no traumatized students and parents?? Simple fix with minimal drama.