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People Are Divided Over Year Eight's 'Inappropriate' History Homework

Isobel Pankhurst

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People Are Divided Over Year Eight's 'Inappropriate' History Homework

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An angry mum has divided opinion after posting concerns over her daughter's homework assignment.

In a Mumsnet forum the anonymous mum said: "DD [darling daughter] has been set her history homework for this week. She has to design a 'new Tudor Torture device'.

"Draw it, label it etc and explain why it would be more effective than previous torture devices! 

"AIBU [am I being unreasonable] that this is a bit unnecessary? They are year 8. Do they really need to be encouraged to think of new ways to torture people!?"

The assignment ask the students to design a 'new Tudor Torture device'. (Credit: Unsplash)
The assignment ask the students to design a 'new Tudor Torture device'. (Credit: Unsplash)

The forum quickly filled with other users giving their opinions on the assignment.

One wrote: "That's v odd. I'd send a note in saying DD is not completing this hw." To which the mother replied that her daughter was too worried about getting a detention to do this.

"That is seriously inappropriate! I’d actually contact the head teacher on this," added another.

A third wrote: "This wouldn’t sit well with me. I think it’s de humanising..."

One person even suggested if they'd bee assigned this homework as a teenager it would have left them "traumatised" and with nightmares. Adding, "probably would still feel like that if I was made to do it now."

The homework has left Mumsnet users divided (Credit: Unsplash)
The homework has left Mumsnet users divided (Credit: Unsplash)

Not all the forum's users agreed with the dismayed mother though.

One responded: "Year 8, not 8 years old. What's the problem? Do you micromanage all of her homework??"

The mother replied to this comment saying: "No, I absolutely do not micromanage her homework. I was just struggling to see the relevance of getting teenagers to think up new ways to torture people - seems odd."

Some users described the task as "dehumanising" (Credit: Unsplash)
Some users described the task as "dehumanising" (Credit: Unsplash)

Other users compared the assignment to Horrible Histories saying that while a bit strange the task is likely to "engage their imagination by making it gruesome."

Another added: "Huh. Pretty sure I had to do this for history homework too. (This would be almost 30 years ago)."

One simply wrote: "Sounds like an interesting project to me."

Topics: Parenting, Home

Isobel Pankhurst
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