As you may recall from your elementary school years, homework assignments dished out to kids aren't always well thought. While some assignments are able to stump parents, this sheet that was apparently assigned to first graders is just asking for trouble. The kids are supposed to create a word that ends with "uck." Regardless, there are only so many letters in the alphabet, and eventually, some kid is going to choose "f" or "c" to fill in the blank.
A school district in Tennessee apologized Thursday for an "insensitive" homework assignment that asked students to pretend their families own slaves. A Tennessee school district apologized Thursday after a homework assignment asked students to pretend their "family owns slaves." Dr. Mike Looney, director of Williamson County schools, called the assignment "insensitive" and "wholly inappropriate," in an apology he issued on Twitter. "In short, the assignment was wholly inappropriate and doesn't reflect our district's commitment to treat all students with dignity and respect," the statement said. The assignment, which dealt with issues of slavery, immigration and child labor, was given to 8th-grade social studies students at Sunset Middle School in Williamson County.
It's the last week of August, when children who have spent their entire summer vacation slacking off suddenly realize with daunting dismay that they have piles of book reports and diaries left untouched, not to mention an art project they were supposed to start weeks ago. Bad news for them and their parents trying to help them out: Their last-minute "trump card" to get all the homework done is no longer available. Operators of major online shopping websites -- Mercari, Rakuten and Yahoo Japan -- each released a joint statement together with the education ministry on Wednesday announcing they will ban the sales of what appear to be the works of a niche, if increasingly rampant, business: homework-by-proxy. The three firms said they will "remove immediately" from their websites items that appear to be catering to children desperate to conjure up essays or art projects that they have neglected to work on all summer long. The education ministry has fretted over the rise of what is widely dubbed the "surrogate homework business," which official Yuki Ishida said has become an "annual" phenomenon over the past couple of years.