The content of an English assignment for a Mission middle school class is being questioned over whether it’s suitable for students.
The Grade 8 class at Hatzic Middle School was given a sample of student writing, which reads like a domestic abuse situation between the student’s parents.
The teacher assigned the students to read the passage and fix the tense agreement.
A parent posted the assignment on Facebook, and it quickly gathered a lot of attention.
Superintendent of Mission schools Angus Wilson wouldn’t say whether this story was given to the entire class.
“My understanding is that the teacher used some of the student’s writing to work on grammar as a collective with the students using their own work. I would have concerns too, but as personnel or as a student matter, I can’t really comment on that.”
The assignment was meant to be written from the perspective of someone in the Middle Ages.
Wilson says parents should bring any concerns to the school directly.
“All errors are learning opportunities. That’s what school is about after all. Whether we’re talking about students or educators. The second point for us is to reconnect with parents about the process when you have a concern or problem and getting back to your school, to your principal, to your teacher to talk about those concerns because that’s really important to us. The sooner we know about a situation, the sooner we can correct it.”
Wilson spoke with Global BC’s John Hua.