Adultery, Death, and Violence – El Paso Teacher Gives 4th Graders Shocking Assignment
“Ruby sat on the bed she shared with her husband holding a hairclip. She didn’t recognize the hairclip …with a few long black hair strands caught in it. Ruby ran her fingers through her own blonde hair. Now their life would never be the same. She would wait here until Mike returned home.”
No, that isn’t the beginning of a romance novel, it’s part of a homework assignment given to 4th graders at Pasodale Elementary school. Inappropriate? A lot of parents think so. And it looks like YISD officials think so, too. So why was it given to those little kids?
The ‘inference assignment’ was given to 4th graders who were supposed to read a paragraph, and then write what they took away from the story in the paragraph. But the subjects of adultery, a mother’s notification of the death of her child in war, and a mom saying ‘I’m going to kill you, Tommy’, after discovering a window possibly broken by a baseball, are rubbing parents at Pasodale the wrong way. They say the paragraphs were way too much for 4th graders.
Apparently, YISD officials agreed, because they sent out a statement that said they knew about the “unacceptable assignment that was given to a 4th- grade class at Pasodale Elementary. We apologize to the students and the parents who received this assignment”.
Some on social media were saying the assignment was no different than letting kids watch and play violent video games. So what do you think? Is the 4th grade too soon to be putting a scenario like this before kids? What would you say if a teacher showed her 4th grade students a movie with a woman struggling with adultery?