A school has been forced to cancel what's been described as a “misogynistic” assignment it handed to students.
Shallowater High School, in the US state Texas, recently issued girls and boys with a homework assignment on the “Rules for Chivalry”.
The students were given two different versions of the assignment based on their gender.
The assignment issued to girls, titled “Hear Ye, Hear Ye Ladies”, asks for an adult’s signature next to a number of “standards” that were “set in the medieval concept of courtly love”.
For each signed off order, a participant receives 10 points with orders including “Ladies must address all men respectfully by title, with a lowered head and curtsy” and “Ladies should clean up after the men”.
Boys were tasked with wearing “jackets and ties or shirts”, assisting “ladies to seat themselves or rise from their seats” and to “bow when greeting a lady”.
'Horrific' assignment slammed
While the assignment appears to be a role-play scenario of medieval behaviours, in one case referring to the boys as “knights”, parents weren’t particularly pleased with the material.
Regardless of the intention, plenty of people online also thought it sent the wrong message.
“This was absolutely horrific. I’m shocked,” one woman tweeted.
Another woman suggested the teacher “confused misogyny with chivalry” while one person called it “sexist and inappropriate”.
“People in Texas need to step away from the Kool-Aid. Where do they get these bat**** crazy ideas. We’re living in the 21st-century not the 50s,” one man tweeted.
However, not everyone found the assignment offensive.
“That is part of our history. The teacher is not implying that it's how it is, the teacher is showing how it was,” one man tweeted.
One woman suggested the assignment taught students “how bad the bad old days were”.
Shallowater High School told local media it decided to cancel the assignment.
“This assignment has been reviewed, and despite its historical context, it does not reflect our district and community values,” it said.
“The matter has been addressed with the teacher, and the assignment was removed.”
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