Monday, June 13, 2005

Parental Rights & Responsibility

According to the American Family Association there is some controversy arising in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, where some parents are upset because the local school has administered an explicit sex survey to sixth-graders. The survey solicits answers to questions such as "How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?" and "The last time you had sexual intercourse, did you or your partner use a condom?" Amazing! What is really got these parents in an uproar is the fact that they were not notified of the survey prior to it being administered nor were they allowed, once they became aware, to review the survey for appropriateness. The reasoning being used by the school administrators for not showing the survey to the parents is laughable, citing the fear that the parents would "misinterpret" the questions! What!!! And they aren't sharing the same concern over the sixth graders possibly "misinterpreting" the questions??!! How incredibly anal and down right evil can you get?!

Any "real" parents out there who are as concerned and outraged at such foolishness as I am, please click here and take the online poll asking whether or not you agree with the school's choice to not allow parents to view the sex survey material at the American Family Association website. Needless to say , my answer to that is a resounding NO! I do not agree with such nonsense. What could these people possibly gain by giving 10 and 11 year old kids a survey about whether or not they are having sex? And what is the true reason why the administrators aren't allowing parents to review this material for appropriateness? If they really believe that anyone is going to accept the explanation of having a fear that the parents will misinterpret the questions, then they obiously have a very low opinion of the parents of these students. Sad indeed. My guess is that they know that if they would allow the parents to review the survey prior to passing it out to the kids, that there would be an overwhelming objection to such an excorcise.

Just another example of the good ol' guv'ment steppin in to do what parents seemingly do not want to do anymore, take care of your children! Teach them! Guide them! Discipline them for pete's sake! This is what we've come to, the state has the gall to step in and teach our children things that we, for various reasons, would not teach in the same manner and at stages in their development that is just all too inappropriate. If anything, giving thes kids such a survey will only serve to encourage rather than discourage sexual activity.

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