WorldNetDaily has an article talking about a court case in which the judges decided that “there is ‘no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children.'” It goes on to say:
The three-judge panel of the full court further ruled that parents “have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.”
Six parents sued the Palmdale, Calif., School District after finding out their kids had been asked a series of sexual questions in class. They included asking the children about the frequency of:
Touching my private parts too much
Thinking about having sex
Thinking about touching other people’s private parts
Thinking about sex when I don’t want to
Washing myself because I feel dirty on the inside
Not trusting people because they might want sex
Getting scared or upset when I think about sex
Having sex feelings in my body
Can’t stop thinking about sex
Getting upset when people talk about sex
If you find these questions offensive, you’re not alone. We live in a day in which it’s ok for the school to kick you off the grounds because you want to be involved with you kids upbringing (see a previous post about the father who tried to protect his kindergartener). These kinds of questions pit the school and government against the parents– in essence trying to trap them. Granted, we must take every precaution to safeguard the well being of the child, but things can be taken too far.
There are at least two reasons I can think of why these surveys shouldn’t be permitted. For one, having been a high school student and seen these forms, I have heard of how exaggerated people can get on them– especially to brag to their buddies. True, they could just lie about what they’ve filled in to their friends, but now I’ve proven they are liars!
The second reason is that these things are private matters. They are best dealt with in settings with family, rather than in a survey to be marked as a number. These are people we are dealing with.
What do you think?