So I was surprised to find this blog post making the rounds on facebook & twitter yesterday, called "The Penis Mom." It's a post about a mom who responds when the teachers at her children's school ask for Dads to volunteer at the "pumpkin chunkin" in which kids launch pumpkins with a trebuchet (all in the name of physics of course).
This mom was angry that the school only asked for Dads and responded with this email to all the parents & teachers who received the query:
Dear teachers and parents,
Are you guys seriously only asking for Dads?
Is lifting done with a penis?
KarenThe principal of the school responded with an email to remind everyone to keep the emails "disney rated" and since the author of the email shared the same first name as the principal she clarified that it wasn't her that sent the message, and that she's not actually a fan of lifting things or mud.
This situation raises a number of great questions for teachers today:
- Does gender matter when asking for parent volunteers?
- When is it okay to ask for men over women or vice versa? Or is it ever okay?
- What would you do if you were a teacher in this school and saw this email come through from one of the parents?
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