Stop Giving Students Sexist Homework Assignments

Target: Chris Jenson, principal of Highland High School

Goal: Remove all sexist and misogynistic assignments from school’s database.

Salt Lake City resident Jenn Oxborrow was horrified when her 16-year-old daughter came home from school with a dating assignment riddled with sexist advice for young women. The assignment, which outraged parents after Oxborrow posted it online, contained gems of wisdom such as “don’t waste his money,” “don’t fish for compliments,” and “be feminine and lady-like.”

The school’s principal defended the girl’s teacher, claiming that she did not create the assignment herself, but pulled it from the school’s database of assignments. Although this specific assignment was removed from the database after complaints were issued, there is still a larger, systemic problem at hand. This assignment is not the first to be criticized by Utah parents for being blatantly sexist or misogynistic.

Reinforcing conventional and outdated gender roles tells impressionable students that there’s a right and a wrong way to perform their gender — and anyone who doesn’t follow those rules is at risk of being alienated, ridiculed, or worse. Today’s youth should be uplifted and supported in however they choose to express their identities, not limited by harmful social conventions.

Tell the school’s principal to take action to make sure all sexist material is removed from Highland’s assignment database.


Dear Principal Jenson,

I was outraged to learn that students at your school were given a blatantly sexist “dating” assignment. Not only does this type of assignment reinforce outdated gender roles, it also excludes students whose sexual orientation or gender identity fall outside the norm. Removing this single assignment from Highland’s database is not enough. It is in your students’ best interest to permanently remove all such assignments from the database. Hopefully it will encourage other Utah schools to follow suit.


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  2. Piotr Grabowski says:

    R U freaking mad? :-O These are the logical rules of a healthy social relations! Yes, these times women need to be reminded how to act like themselfs and how not be artificial and superficial. Men also. Welcome to the times of corporate-induced consumptionism. Very similar advices only much more explained and based on biology, psychology and more (common sense included) are being taught at webinars and courses that cost some serious money. Of course I didn’t see the whole thing, I only rely on what the author of the petition quoted. It that quote is the worst thing – then it is some kind of mad shit storm, not worth my attention. Get busy with something substantial and serious and not what’s only in your head or worse, ego and badly interpreted pride.

  3. Piotr Grabowski says:

    PS.Maybe only that sentence “don’t waste his money” is a nasty assumption. But then again, it’s quoted out of context. A simple IF – THEN formula would do the trick. For example: “IF you prefer to take care of your child(ren) and/or your home personally or for any reason your partner is the one who punts money into home budget THEN find some time to check on your money-smartness and if necessary – learn how to not waste his money”. There. See?

  4. UNLIKELY this was only given out in that one school……someone needs to check the “data base” of all schools in that district and/or state to be sure it is deleted everywhere……

  5. Why are they wasting precious academic time “teaching” our children how to date? That is a subject best left to be discussed at home and with older relatives. That would clear up all the misogyny.

  6. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    theres no way to teach children how to date early. children will have to wait until adults to date them off. teach children about overpopulation instead!

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