It sounds like they are trying to plumb who might be likely to have be at risk for drugs/suicide/psychological problems. And in that event, the question that is actually the most troubling is ‘have either of your parents served in Iraq or Afghanistan”. What business is that of theirs? And with that there seems to be an implicit assumption that that service is problematic, because likely your military parents must be psychologically unwell.
Via Truth Revolt:
A school survey given to children as youg as 12 have left parents irate over questions that included whether “people in my family have serious arguments.”
The survey of middle school students asked numerous questions about drugs and alcohol, including “At what age did you first use…?
Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor, wine coolers)
Marijuana (pot, hash, weed, kush, Mary Jane)
Inhalants (whip-its, huffing, aerosol spray can, etc.)
Prescription drugs (like OxyContin)
The survey also asked if they felt things were “hopeless” and did students consinder or “make a plan” to commit suicide.
But it was the personal questions about family life that irks parents. The students were asked to rate how true some statements were, including: “We argue about the same things in my family over and over” and “People in my family often insult or yell at each other.”
“They crossed the line when they entered the home,” said Michelle Bracewell told a local TV station, Fox59. “Those are personal questions, and if I want people to know what’s going on inside my home, I’ll let them know.”
Facebook quickly filled with parents calling the survey an “issue of rights,” and others calling the survey “data mining, and a 100% violation of privacy and trust,” Fox59 said.
While schools told the children the survey was optional and confidential, a new program asked for the students to include their birth dates and initials. “It’d be very easy to go back and look at a birthdate and initials and see who the child was,” Bracewell said.
See the survey here.