While an English elementary school teacher created a list of clues for words that contain “ur” in them, they probably thought they were doing kids a service sticking to familiar jobs, days of the week, and other intuitive responses.
However, one girl, 8-year-old Yasmine Sutcliffe of Birmingham, thought outside of the box when one of the responses was clearly designed to solicit a sexist response from the impressionable youngsters.
No doubt the teacher didn’t anticipate Yasmin’s thoughtful and far more appropriate response when assigning these questions. However, the response hopefully gave the responsible party something to think about as social media championed the girl for refusing to subscribe to outdated gender roles.
Here’s a photo of the assignment, initially shared by Yasmine’s father, Robert. The offending question and enlightened response are circled.
While her answer certainly shook the antiquated belief that “woman equals nurse” when applied to anyone working in a hospital, some were quick to point out that equating any job at all, be it menial or lofty, to a certain gender is the very definition of sexism.
Neither actually fits. Surgeons and nurses can be both male and female. The answer is outdated and sexist.— I-Po74 (@IPo74) October 12, 2017
Another user found a potential explanation for the tone-deaf cue.
The copyright date at the bottom shows 1997! Good grief, they haven't updated their worksheets in 20 years? For shame! (❤️ her answers tho!)— Jemma Hill (@tottwriter) October 12, 2017
This fact may not mitigate the culpability of the school, but hopefully it serves as a small demonstration of the progress made in the past 20 years.