Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts featured a type of classroom atrocity that parents have been fighting for many years. The school required pupils to answer nosy questions that are not only intrusive but are designed to lead the kids into unacceptable behaviors.
Here is an example of a very leading question: "During your life, how many times have you used methamphetamines (also called speed, crystal, crank, or ice)?" And here's another example of a leading question: "During the past 30 days, how many times did you sniff glue, breathe the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhale any paints or sprays to get high?"
Here is an outrageous question about sex, with the kids instructed to choose one of the following eight answers: "The last time you had sexual intercourse, what one method did you or your partner use to prevent pregnancy? ... (1) I have never had sexual intercourse; (2) No method was used to prevent pregnancy; (3) Birth control pills; (4) Condoms; (5) Depo-Provera (or any injectable birth control), Nuva Ring (or any birth control ring), Implanon (or any implant), or any IUD; (6) Withdrawal; (7) Some other method; (8) Not sure."
This survey, called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (known as the CDC), which also provided the funding for it to be administered. The federal law called the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment makes such interrogation of students illegal without prior parental consent, which the school did not have. Some parents have appealed to the Rutherford Institute, and we wish them success in stopping the school from asking elementary school children such nosy and leading questions.
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