This sassy fourth grader schooled her teacher in girl code on 'inappropriate' maths question

By Lindsay de Freitas
11 November 2015

US fourth grader Maddy Douglas refused to answer a maths question in her homework assignment because it contradicted with her understanding of ‘girl code.’

The maths problem in question introduces eight high school boys and girls who go on a series of dates in different combinations and asks the (mostly nine and 10-year-old) students to figure out the final dating combination.

"Frank, Mike, George and Ron each went out on a total of 4 dates with 4 different girls," read the offending question. "The second time Frank dated Rose and George dated Kay. The third time Mike dated Mary and Ron dated Louise. The fourth time, George dated Louise and Ron dated Kay. For each of the 4 times, tell which girl dated which boy."

'My first reaction was it was not an appropriate question for a fourth grader'

Rather than figure out the answer the feisty preteen wasn’t having any of it and responded to the question in the sassiest way possible. "I can't answer this problem because my mom says according to girl code you shouldn't date a friends x boyfriend," Maddy wrote.

Jenn Douglas, Maddy’s mom, (the one who instilled in Maddy her strong feminist ideals) told the Huffington Post that she felt the question not only broke ‘girl code’  but was also inappropriate for a fourth grade homework assignment. 

"I consider myself to be a completely open-minded type person and as a single mom, try to teach my children about equality and about different types of people they will encounter, but my first reaction was it was not an appropriate question for a fourth grader or really any grade," explained Jenn. Apparently Maddy’s teacher also saw the young girl’s logic, and according to Jenn her teacher, “laughed at her answer and told her 'Good point.'"


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