What would you do if this came home in your kids' homework? UPDATE with rest of paper. ANOTHER UPDATE, in red.
My friend's son brought this home as his homework today:
I am completely shocked! Her son is 5 and this is the garbage they are teaching. Disgusting. I told her, my ds wouldn't do it, and I'd be having a nice little chat with the teacher. Your thoughts?
For those of you who were wondering about the rest of the paper, I asked my friend and she said the assignment was to match the right picture with the word. Some of the other words were man, pot, cat, cow, fish, etc. I still think it should have at least been an animal that was "fat" or something, not a little girl. It just seems offensive to me, and not how I would want my kids to think of someone.
For everyone who has misunderstood and thinks I'm upset by the actual word "fat", I'll just respond to you all at once here...the word is not the issue. The big deal is the fact that they labeled a little girl fat. Factfully she is...but this opens the door for 5 year olds to think it's ok for them to call anyone who isn't skinny "fat" and that is NOT ok. They should have used a cat, like when my DD (who is almost 8) was in Kinder, they read a book about a fat cat who sat on the mat...not a fat girl! My DD saw this pic and she told me, "that is mean, Mommy, you are not suppose to call people fat. Why didn't use the fat cat?" My 7.5 year old gets it! Fat is a word and used to describe things, but should not be used to describe a person. Plain and simple. Society has turned it into a mean and degrading term, wether it is said innocently by a child, it can still be hurtful to label a person as fat...and for those of you who say it's the parents' job to teach them not to call people fat, unfortunately not all children have the benefit of a parent who takes the time to care. It's those kids who may look at little Suzie in the class (who is bigger than everyone else) and now associate little Suzie with the fat girl in their homework, and poor little Suzie is now the class fat girl! And don't try to say it's not a big deal, if your DD happened to be little Suzie and came home upset because the kids in her class compared her to the fat girl on their worksheet, then you'd be singing a different tune. The word fat, being fat, teaching kids what fat is, is not the issue...labeling a child as fat is.