Oregon High School Receives Backlash for Assignment on ‘Fantasy Story’

Oregon High School Receives Backlash for Assignment on ‘Fantasy Story’

A high school in Oregon has received backlash after a teacher assigned students to write about their ‘sexual fantasy’ including three items such as candles, massage oil or feathers.

The assignment was given to Health class students at Churchill High School in Eugene as a 10-point assignment titled ‘Fantasy Story’, meant to make up for missed coursework.

The assignment specified that the story should not include penetration or oral sex to avoid the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

Instead, it was meant to demonstrate the ability to show and receive loving physical affection without having sex.

The assignment was given through Canvas, an online learning management system, and asked students to choose three items from a list of options to use in their stories.

After the assignment was posted to a Facebook group, it received many comments from parents, expressing outrage and concern.

Some felt that no teacher had any business asking children to share their sexual fantasies, and that the assignment was inappropriate and uncomfortable.

Katherine Rogers, a parent whose 16-year-old daughter is in the class, shared that students felt ‘mortified, awkward and creeped out’ after they were given the assignment.

She stated that some students chose to respond to the fantasy assignment from the point of view of a character in the cartoon ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to avoid being too personal.

Following the backlash, the school district confirmed that the assignment had been removed from the syllabus and would not impact the students’ grades.

The school’s administration was working with the district office to review the health curriculum ‘to review the context of the assignment’.

In a statement to the New York Post, Melanie Davis, the program manager for the health curriculum used called Our Whole Lives, said the district was following an ‘unauthorized’ and ‘out-of-context’ facilitated group activity currently out of print.

As part of the same health class with Mr Miller, students were given another assignment called ‘With Whom Would You Do it’.

The instructions for this assignment involved listing the initials of a male or female that students would do each activity with, using a virtual spinning wheel labelled with sexual categories.

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