I don’t see what all the big fuss is about. I’ve studied biology and I’m familiar with the lesson being taught here and personally I think this is a fantastic exercise to bring the point across. But the more and more I see my friends object to this particular homework assignment the more irritated I become. Ok, so here’s the story. Somewhere in a Detroit High School a teacher generated a question on a Biology homework assignment from a teacher’s internet source to assist students in learning how blood types are related to parents and offspring. The question from what I gather went something like this, “The sister of the mom above also had issues finding out who the father of her baby was. She had the state take a blood test of the potential fathers. Based on the information in the table, why was the baby taken away by the state after the test was conducted?” After reading the question my curiosity has really gotten the best of me because now I want to know the answer!!! (If anyone out there can find the question and answer in its entirety please shared it with me here.) Now the controversy comes in both the question and the multiple choice answers. The list included: the bartender, the guy at the club, the cabdriver, the mailman, the butcher, and the cable guy. Needless to say, these sisters got around; and like the saying goes, no matter what it is someone somewhere is going to be offended by it. Turns out however that only one parent complained about the assignment stating that, “We teach our children not to sleep around.”
All fine and well, but the response I’ve been seeing over the internet for the past couple of days is shock and disbelief that only one parent complained. A multitude of people have joined this parent complaining that question was completely inappropriate. But was it really??? When we think about the state of the world today and we watch daytime television, not only is this question totally appropriate, but it’s also believable. Rather than be appalled by the question I think parents should embrace this homework assignment as Sex ED teaching tool. Not only are they learning biology, they are also learning the humiliating consequences of being promiscuous. Just because we teach our children not to sleep around doesn’t mean that their friends won’t, or that they won’t do it behind our backs. Kids are notorious for not doing what they are told. And Maury is a prime example of how by not being educated on how babies are made, due dates, blood types, and so forth, can and will make you look dumb. It has always baffled me how women can get pregnant and not be able to trace it back to when it happened and at least narrow it down to three possibilities vs testing 22 men. If you had that knowledge that an egg is only viable for fertilization for 24 hours after ovulation, and knew how to track your menstrual cycle back to the week of ovulation, then there’s no way you’d be testing 20+ men. And if you are, then you need to stop being a prostitute because you suck at it. This teacher has the right idea, the approach is edgy, but times have changed. You have to reach these kids where they are and relate to what they see on a daily basis….because they’re not in the safety of our homes all day. They’re in the real world, and this is what happens out there. Either prepare them fully or watch them fail.