Who’s the Daddy Homework Assignment

Review the assignment below.

‘Who’s The Daddy?’ Homework Assignment Prompts Parent Complaint

As a beginning teacher, what thoughts came to mind? How can this assignment be modified or changed so that it aligns with sociocultural learning theory which we read about this week?


5 thoughts on “Who’s the Daddy Homework Assignment

  1. As a beginning teacher, this is not how I would word an assignment dealing with blood type and DNA. However, I do think the biology concept of figuring out what parent goes with what child is important to understand blood type, DNA, and the makeup of two parents. To modify this assignment, the teacher could of put different parent scenarios and different children. This would then have the student match the parents with the correct child. By doing this, the teacher could touch on different cultures and backgrounds while avoiding the topics of sleeping around and stereotypes.

  2. I would have to agree with the article; there is a better way to word this type of problem. Instead, I would have had students determine what characteristics a child could have based on the genetic traits of the parents. Or, have many different family dynamics represented in multiple scenarios. The student would then match the child to the corresponding parents. I believe there are many options for how to present this type of assignment to appeal to children in an appropriate way.

  3. After reviewing the article and then other comments, I agree with Andi’s suggestion. This is an important assignment for a biology class. I wish I would have done something similar in my high school biology class. I really like Andi’s idea of matching several children to their parents. What the original assignment suggested could be offensive to many people. In some cultures, unwed women behaving promiscuously is a severe offense. If you take the scandalous nature out of the assignment, it is appropriate for everyone. Furthermore, it is appropriate for all cultures unless the characteristics of the children and parents used in the assignment are extremely stereotypical.

    This teacher could also do this type of assignment with dogs or another animal that can mix types and features. The students could look at the characteristics of a puppy and determine which dogs are that puppy’s parents.

  4. After reading the article, I have become more aware of the importance of being as nice and respectful as possible in the classroom. The teacher could have worded the assignment differently and still made it just as interesting. For example, Kacie’s example about looking at the characteristics of a puppy and matching it to the puppy’s parents–who doesn’t like a puppy! The teacher could have found a more appropriate way of wording the assignment in order to not offend others. It is also important as a teacher to double-check with someone else as well, especially if something is questionable. It is always best to be respectful to various cultures and all people and to not generalize. If one focuses on being positive and encouraging, there should be fewer problems to deal with.

  5. After reading the article and as a future teacher, I definitely would have to agree with the article and with my instincts that this was a question that had good intentions, but was worded wrongly. I think I would change the question to animal DNA. For example, the teacher could have used puppies and parent dogs; for each puppy DNA/blood type there was parent DNA. The matching up of puppies DNA to parent DNA would have been much more effective and would have eliminated any potential controversy. As a future teacher I have learned the importance of choosing words wisely and being extra sensitive to all of the students in the classrooms or any potential students too, because in order to have respect and rapport with students and parents a teacher must have common-ground examples that are clearly appropriate for the task at hand.

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