Working mum so angry at homework, she fixed it herself

NEW YORK mum Lynne Polvino was helping her 6-year-old daughter Hazel with her homework last week when she noticed that something was a little off.

The little girl had been asked to fill in missing words in a narrative and it told a negative story about a mother returning to work.

The first line reads, "Lisa was not happy. Her mother was back at work."

To cut a medium-sized story short, Lisa has a rubbish day because her mother is returning to work after leaving the workforce to raise her child. To top it off, Lisa's dad is bad at cooking.

Classic!

She found the task a little outdated.
She found the task a little outdated.

So Polvino - who works as a children's books editor in Manhattan - decided to make some alterations and rewrite the story.

"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?"

Lynne decided to update the homework task.
Lynne decided to update the homework task.

Polvino told Today that she reworked the story "to reflect the kind of world I want to live in, the kind of world I want my kids to live in when they're old enough to have jobs and families."

Homework tasks like this are an increasingly common problem thanks to outdated curriculums. Although Polvino did not send the rewrite to the teacher, she did voice her concerns via email. The teacher agreed the worksheet was outdated, and said she would review them in the future.

She also posted her updated version of the homework on Facebook, where it attracted comments such as "Thank you, Lynne! Seriously, what year is this?!"

News Corp Australia


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