Homework assignments seem to be taking a turn into bizarro world. Parents are not only trying to keep up with new standards in schools, new ways of doing the same old things (does anyone actually understand common core?) but now they also have to deal with homework assignments that would raise anybody’s eyebrows.
An 8-year-old little girl at Victory Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, brought home her homework packet like any other day. Except this week’s contained a rather strange assignment: “send a picture of you doing reading homework in the bathtub.”
It’s no surprise that this looked out of place, especially when it was amongst other assignments, which included things like practicing “Psalm 24: 1-2 with an adult” three times.
The smart-beyond-her-years 2nd grader showed it to her parents, who also felt that something wasn’t right. So, Misty Dunham and her husband Christopher, did what any other parent might have done—they contacted the teacher.
“I emailed the teacher, ‘Hey, you may want to explain that. Send something out to the parents. Let them know what the intentions are.’ This just does not sound OK,” Dunham told WJAX-TV. “She did send out a message saying, ‘You should be in pajamas, be in your uniform, have fun with it.’ But it didn’t sit right.”
Misty Dunham also documented the incident by reporting it to the local Sheriff’s department and contacting school administrators.
WJAX reported that the police advised the Dunhams to not follow through with the assignment.
The school administrators reportedly replied with, “We have been sending this homework assignment for years, and you’re the only one complaining about it.”
But that’s not all.
The Dunhams also received a call from Victory Christian Academy.
“(He said), ‘I think you guys should do a parental withdrawal for the child.’ I said, ‘I can’t. I can’t do that. We refuse to withdraw her,” Misty Dunham told WJAX. “He said, ‘OK thank you for saying that,’ and continued on saying that ‘Well, we’re going to proceed with an administration withdraw.’”
Current school documents reflect this and show that the Dunham’s daughter is no longer a student at Victory Christian Academy.
The president of the the school, Pastor Jesse Latta, also sent a statement to WJAX, where he said there were “no bad intentions” with the homework assignment and it has since been removed from the curriculum.
It’s unfortunate that this little girl was, for all intents and purposes, punished by being kicked out school, and yet, the only thing she did was do the right thing by going to her parents when she felt something off.
As her father put so aptly, “She did something right by telling mom and dad that she wasn’t comfortable with something, and now she’s no longer in school.”