Parents in a Tennessee town are upset over a survey conducted asking student if their family owned guns. It also asked them a series of questions regarding their political beliefs:
April Heath used Facebook as her sounding board after she says her daughter was given the questionnaire at school. In her post, she says her daughter was asked her if her parents owned guns; it also asked for the student’s opinion on the legalization of marijuana, abortion and what her religion is.
Student Phillip Beasley said, “It’s not that big of a deal, it’s just you don’t need to get into other people’s business that’s not yours, you know?”
“To tell you the truth I can’t think of any good reason to do that,” added grandparent Sharon Starlings. “It doesn’t seem right.”
Parents in Arlington say the questionnaire was out of line.
“I would be not ok with that,” said parent Martina Ashmore.
Starlings suggested, “I would go to the school, ask for a meeting and want to know what it was in reference to.”
That’s what one parent did, and met with the principal Thursday morning.
Shelby County Schools says the questionnaire was drawn up by advance placement psychology students and they conducted the surveys in several classes.
The schools are blaming the students?
Perhaps if they spent more time letting the teachers set the agenda in the classroom, their students wouldn’t say things like, “It’s not that big of a deal, it’s just you don’t need to get into other people’s business that’s not yours, you know?”
That sentence is horrible.