A ‘really rotten’ school assignment in NJ

Nov 11, 2015 by

Students at a New Jersey school were told to write a narrative of how they would react if they got drunk at a party and acquired herpes.

Eighth graders in a language arts class at Myron L. Powell Elementary school were told to write how they would respond to a situation in which they got drunk at a party, had sex with someone they didn’t know and acquired herpes.

“You had a really rotten day,” the assignment reads, “but lucky for you your best friend is having an awesome party later.”

“It is ridiculous to think that a teacher would force children of that age to be thinking about those kinds of subjects,” Janice Crouse tells OneNewsNow. “We’ve just gotten so sexualized that I think future generations are just going to look back at this era and roll their eyes and wonder what in the world was going on.”

The controversial assignment apparently went viral after the mother of a 13-year-old posted the work on her Facebook page.

The parent said she was told the assignment was part of Common Core and is associated with the book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”

Crouse says controversial instruction such as this sends a dangerous message to kids.

“They’re communicating to children that this is a normal, everyday, mainstream kind of thing to happen,” she says. “And that of course when you’re a teenager, this is what your life is going to be like.”

Crouse says standardized test scores are low in the language arts in some parts of the country, and this report shows one of the main reasons why.


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