A mother has taken to Facebook to express her disproval over her daughter’s sexist homework that targeted working mothers.
It all started off when 44-year-old Lynne Polvino from New York got home from a regular day at work and was making dinner while talking to her children, when she came across a worksheet her six-year-old daughter was working on.
The worksheet assigned to the students as homework was basically a “fill in the blanks”, but the content of the story titled “Back to Work” enraged Polvino.
“Lisa was not happy. Her mother was back at work,” read the first sentence.
The story further went on to explain how a child, Lisa was getting neglected because her mother was a working woman. However, it did have a happy ending where the child felt happy when her mother got home early.
“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?” said the mother while speaking to Today.
Polvino then decided to not let this instance pass easily, and instead of filling out the blanks and sending her daughter to school with the completed worksheet, the NY mother decided to make a rendition of her own and “fix things.”
Her story kicked off with “Lisa was happy, her mother was back at work.”
“Lisa’s father made breakfast. It was very good and he had Lisa wash the dishes because all functional humans should learn to clean up after themselves,” it went on.
“Lisa was glad she was growing up in a society free of gender bias and misogyny,” said the last statement.
She then shared pictures of the original worksheet and her version of it, and since then, her post has been shared more than 700 times and garnered lots of comments from social media users.
Polvino also stated she spoke to the teacher about the questionable content of the worksheet, and the teacher agreed they were “outdated” and that she would review assignments before passing them on to the students.
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