Survey Given to Parents Wants to Know Parents Sexual Orientation

beaverton-school-survey-05092014In Beaverton, Oregon a survey was given to parents with some questions that are raising some parents’ eyebrows.  The questionnaire included “optional” questions that the parent could either answer or not. Among the disturbing questions were, “How do you identify your gender?” and “How do you define your sexual orientation?”

Parent surveys are nothing new. We see at least one survey a year come home on “School Climate.” How do we feel the school is performing and some personal questions, but nothing this intrusive. School Climate surveys are used for many different things. Examples include measuring inclusiveness, equity, positive behavior and the like. Read: Nosy questions about children’s and parents personal opinions about private things that can be used as data to pigeon hole a student and their parents.

I, personally, recommend not filling them out. I don’t feel like my personal life is any of their business.

According to KOIN 6 news,

“School district officials said the survey is anonymous. “We’re not taking any information on individuals,” spokesperson Maureen Wheeler said. “What we’re trying to get at here is making sure we create the most welcome and inclusive learning environment for our students and families.”

Oh, what a relief. It’s anonymous! Pardon me as I tell them I don’t give a flying fig if it’s anonymous or not. It’s none of their business! Does this mean that if a large portion of parents fill out the survey and mark that they are gay that they will then fly the rainbow flag under the American flag? To what purpose?

How about we use some common sense and treat all kids equally, understanding that we don’t know what’s going on at home (because, frankly, the government is not our nanny!) but we pay attention to their behaviors and academic work and make sure we offer support to help them in subjects they struggle in and not give a hoot about their sexual orientation, color, religion or whatever else they want to know.

Aren’t we not supposed to let color and sexual orientation skew our treatment of people? Isn’t it supposed to be based on the content of their character and not outer or extraneous reasons? Schools take this information specifically to measure climate and then implement policies that will be skewed to change the treatment of children and parents. Pigeon holing at its finest. We don’t know who answered this question, so we will make sure everyone is treated this way. Seems to me it should already be equal treatment, regardless.

This fits in nicely with the information about attitudes, behaviors and beliefs they are going to be getting from the new Smarter Balanced and PARCC testing. Since we can’t have parents taking those tests we can have them take these surveys.

Beaverton School District says this is the first time they’ve included this kind of question on the parent survey. Met with mixed reaction we will see if it’s there next year.

Parents, be vigilant. Don’t just not fill out the question, write a note, call the school, and meet with the principal. Let them know this is not okay.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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