Texas School Cancels Role-Playing Assignment that Asked Girls to be Subservient to Men

Medieval illustration depicting a man being knighted by a woman

Shallowater High School in northwest Texas dropped an assignment intended to demonstrate medieval-era chivalric code after parents complained it was an inappropriate way to teach about sexism. The lesson, which was assigned by an English teacher at the school, listed 11 “rules for chivalry” that included a requirement for girls to “obey any reasonable request” made by men. While the teacher gave the option to write an essay instead, The New York Times reports that many students still felt uncomfortable with the assignment. The incident has sparked a larger debate about the effectiveness of role-playing as a teaching method, especially in situations that could potentially reinforce negative stereotypes. Read more