November 03, 2005

Is there a parental "opt out"?

The, er, "unique" 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

... affirmed a lower court's decision that found the rights of parents were not violated by a California public school district that allowed a psychological survey of its elementary school children.

Among the survey questions asked of the children were 10 with sexual references, such as "Can't stop thinking about sex" and "Not trusting people because they might want sex."

A group of parents whose children were surveyed sued the Palmdale School District, alleging their right to privacy and civil rights had been violated because control of their children's upbringing had been "robbed."

My question would be, is there a school "opt out" policy for controversial instances such as this? Judge Stephen Reinhardt noted "Schools cannot be expected to accommodate the personal, moral or religious concerns of every parent," and I certainly agree with that. But on something such as this, it seems only quite logical that something would be sent home to parents informing them of the survey, and giving them the option of not having their children participate.

So far, a news search shows no evidence of such.

UPDATE: Joanne Jacobs has an answer. She notes, "Parents whose students took the survey signed consent forms, however the forms never mentioned sex would be a topic."

Nice.

Posted by Rhodey at November 3, 2005 06:27 PM | TrackBack

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This kind of crap is what rankles christian/moral americans about public schools...We can control the tv and computers about content that kids see to some extent, but when a school slips something by like this without mentioning the topics to be asked.......infuriates......

Posted by: schmitt at November 3, 2005 09:24 PM

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