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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Check out how a working mom edited her daughter's sexist homework

A working mother was left upset by the homework her 6-year-old daughter brought home so she decided to fix it in an unusual way. Rather than confront her daughter's teacher, the mother printed a different homework question which she considered more appropriate for her child to answer and return to the teacher.
Polvino lives in Queens, New York and works at a publishing house in Manhattan. She returned home to find her daughter's assignment, titled "Back to Work". The assignment pushed the narrative that a mother being away at work was not healthy for a child and can make them unhappy.
“Lisa was not happy. Her mother was back at work,” the story begins.
The narrative explains that the little girl had a terrible morning at home and day at school because her mom went back to work after staying at home with her. The story continues to say that because of Lisa's mother's absence, the father had to make breakfast and that was "not too good".

The story had no problems with the father going to work and Polvino found this to be not only sexist but also aimed at making working mothers feel guilty for their choice. 
“It just pushed so many buttons for me, and with each sentence, it managed to get worse!” Polvino told Today. 
“My shock and dismay quickly turned to outrage. I mean, what decade are we in, anyway? In this day and age, we’re going to tell kids that mothers working outside the home makes their children and families unhappy? That fathers don’t normally do things like cook and wash the dishes?”
Angered by the messages in the story, Polvino edited the story to a more accurate reflection of the kind of life she wants for her children. She shared the sexist assignment and her updated version on Facebook and it was well received by social media users. A number of commenters felt the homework was negative and such should never be promoted in the classroom. The post has been shared by over 1,300 people.
See her edited version below.


Akpuruka said...

Lisa is confused now!

Bill Tayo said...


chinenye070 said...


Anonymous said...

Nice one from the mum..

optimisticlady said...

No chills.

Anonymous said...

U soo funny

ogbonna nwabueze said...

Back to sender

Agbomen said...

Absolutely no chills. Real EPIC.

Vivian Reginalds said...

-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Lisa isn't confused. Akpuruka your confused maybe you still think women should do all the housework and can do less than a man. Good on the mum for correcting that dates don't need slaves and servants real men need women who are equal

Akpuruka said...

You tend to conclude based on your suspicion, without really trying to understand the message.I will stop here.

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine the teacher's facial expression when she/he got the revised assignment

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