At Texas’s Shallowater High School, a “chivalry” assignment given to female students required girls to “dress in a feminine manner,” lower their heads and curtsy to please men, “walk behind men daintily as if their feet were bound,” and “not complain or whine.” The boys were told to dress in jackets and ties, pick up any object dropped by “the ladies” and to hold doors open, among other things.
The alleged purpose of the assignment was to “demonstrate to the school how the code of chivalry and standards set in the medieval concept of courtly love carries over into the modern day.” An assignment sheet included a set of “rules” with a line for an “adult witness signature” next to each:
As any idiot should have been able to predict—though apparently the educators responsible for this were special idiots—the assignment made its way to social media, there was a general freak-out, and the school was forced to disavow the exercise.
In a statement to CBS News, the public relations director for the school said: “This assignment has been reviewed, and despite its historical context, it does not reflect our district and community values. The matter has been addressed with the teacher, and the assignment was removed.”
That’s a start. Now remove the teacher, the principal, and anyone responsible for hiring these hacks. There isn’t anything educational about that assignment. It’s feminist agitprop. What “historical context”? That isn’t a fair or accurate representation of chivalry or the social system that spawned it, just a dumbed down, activist’s eye view of one tiny aspect of a complex culture.
Or did the teachers even know what culture they were talking about? “As if their feet were bound”???
Such assignments teach nothing, unless you count learning that the public school teaching profession has hit rock bottom. They take up time that should be spent, oh, I don’t know, reading “Ivanhoe,” or Will Durant’s “The Age of Chivalry,” or “From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present” by Jacques Barzun. That amazing book doesn’t cover chivalry, but students would learn more in any paragraph than they would playing “Chivalry for Dummies,” which is what that assignment amounts to.