The school defended the exercise and called it a “dating lesson.” They claimed parents signed permission slips for the class—somehow, I doubt this activity was mentioned on those permission slips. Officials said the purpose was to “open the lines of communication between parents and students about dating expectations.” However, it’s not clear how declarations of sexual standards in front of classmates and the teacher would open communication between parents and students. How far a student is willing to go on a date is absolutely none of the school’s business. It’s a particularly inappropriate discussion when you consider that these girls were only thirteen or fourteen-years-old. The parents who complained said that they should be the ones in charge of this conversation and its timing.
I’m concerned to hear that the principal said that this obnoxious activity has gone on for several years, and this was the first complaint the school ever received. When did it become standard procedure for middle schoolers to spend class time deciding how sexual they want their dates to be, rather than learning algebra?
Listen to the radio commentary here: