Romeo High School bio homework question raises eyebrows, controversy

Parents upset by context of bio homework question

ROMEO, Mich. – Audri Basaj, a freshman at Romeo High School, just wanted to get her bio homework on DNA done when she got to a question that stumped her.

It reads: "The sister of the mom above also had issues with finding out who the father of her baby was. She had the state take a blood test of potential fathers. Based on the information in this table, why was the baby taken away by the state after the test?"

As if that question isn't tacky enough, look at the list of possible fathers: Bartender, Guy at the club, Cabdriver and Flight attendant.

Audri's father, Larry Basaj, took one look at the homework and flipped.

"What are they teaching ... what is ... I couldn't come up with the words. I was like oh my God. It's teaching them that it's OK to not know who it is because you can have the state help ya," he said. "And if they can't help you they are going to take your child away, and it's not the way it is. I was beyond fired up last night."

The Basajs called the school district and then had a long talk with Audri.

Doesn't there have to be a better way of teaching teenagers about DNA?

"Now that I see what it really means, I think it like depicts women in a really uncomfortable light," said Audri.

Superintendent Nancy Campbell said the question came from a three-page assignment about blood types. It came from a website -- -- which the teacher has used for getting problems that have the components using the concepts the children can understand.

Campbell said the question will be revised.

"We are glad this parent brought this assignment to our attention," she said. "There is no need for any homework assignment to be offensive for parents or students."

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