A high school geometry teacher in Alameda, California asked students to do something that had nothing to do with geometry.
If this story were about a sex ed teacher, it might make a little sense. It would still be creepy, but not quite as baffling. As it is, I have no idea why a high school geometry teacher would ask his a bunch of sophomores to take selfies with their parents' sex toys and condoms as an extra credit assignment. And neither do the parents.
Now, they're calling for him to be fired. The school so far has stood by the unnamed teacher, at first telling the concerned parents that the assignment was a joke. It is possible that this could be a very poorly-conceived joke, but that doesn't explain why at least one student completed it. As one of the parents, Evangeline Garcia, told CBS News:
"If the kids took it as a joke, then why did one kid take it serious and actually did the extra credit work, and was shown as an example in class?"
If it was a joke, the time for it to end was when the student actually turned in the assignment. I don't know who this crazy-ass teacher is, but if he's showing the whole class a photo of one of their classmates with their parents' dildos, he's either looking to get fired or completely insane. Now, Garcia and other parents say they want him out, but the school is being tight-lipped on the whole issue. Garcia told CBS:
“We don't feel comfortable with our children in his presence. All they could tell us is that, 'Oh, this is an HR issue. It's being investigated.' They are not at liberty to tell me anything other than that. It's kinda been the runaround."
Susan Davis of the Alameda Unified School District refused to comment to reporters, telling them that "it's an ongoing investigation." I don't know how much investigation this would take. Get him out of there!
Generally I don't side with overprotective parents who try to get teachers fired, but this guy has made some colossally bad judgement calls. Just based on his critical thinking skills, I'm worried about his ability to even teach geometry. If he thinks showing dildos to a math class is OK, what are the chances he's adequately explaining the Pythagorean Theorem? Those kids probably think the hypotenuse is a kind of butt plug.