PARENTS OUTRAGED OVER THIS HIGHLY INTRUSIVE SCHOOL SURVEY – WHICH WAS DELETED SHORTLY AFTER THEBLAZE STARTED ASKING QUESTIONS
Oct. 16, 2013 12:26am Mike Opelka
What’s your religion? Your sexual orientation? Your parents’ political affiliation? Should “assault rifles” be banned? Who’s to blame for the government shutdown?
Do these sound like questions that high school sophomores should have to answer?
A Maryland high school that is “Common Core” compliant — as described to TheBlaze by a representative — allegedly administered a survey to its sophomore class that pried for personal information in a way that was apparently so invasive and intrusive that two parents contacted TheBlaze to show it to us.
When TheBlaze asked the Montgomery County School District about the survey, at first officials denied its existence. When we presented parents’ claims that the survey was indeed posted on the school’s education web portal and that it was given to students without the ability to opt out, an official with the school district denied those claims too. However, in less than an hour, it was scrubbed from the Internet.
Eventually Dana Tofig, the school district’s public information officer, acknowledged the survey’s existence and confirmed that it had been removed. He did, however, insist that students weren’t required to take it and that it was actually a volunteer project put together by students, not teachers. Parents insist the survey was an assignment put together by teachers, but some student input was also allowed.
What kind of survey questions could be so disturbing as to cause parents, who have asked to remain anonymous, to contact TheBlaze? Here is just one example. (Please know that the survey contained grammar and spelling errors that we have not corrected.)
If President Obama were caucasian how much more or less criticism do you think he would he recieve? (sic)
- A lot less
- Somewhat less
- No difference
- Somewhat more
- A lot more