Ever wonder where those statistics come from?
Here is "Where it is written."
The blatant abuse and use of our children, all for "The sake of the children" and the money schools are given for implementing the survey.
To see the survey in plain text.
These official web sites make the survey look like a simple small set of questions. In reality, seventh and eighth grade students in regular, and special needs classes, should NOT be asked these questions.
The survey is not anonymous. In rural areas, there is only ONE student who could have filled out the survey, in a certain zip code, in that grade, that age, with those people living in the home. The possibility of abuse from this survey is staggering!
Maine Office of Substance Abuse
The Maine Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) Web Reporting System
Information: Statistics are developed from this survey, and reports from the school all year regarding everything that happens on the property.
The Maine Data Collection Handbook
Money: Why your school district is willing to invade your privacy and turn your children into mini Nazi informants against their friends, family and community.
What can SDFSCA funds be used for?
The Dark Side of Nationwide Tests
By B.K. Eakman. The basic dilemmas remain: If the use of psychographic instruments is legal and ethical, without informed, written, parental consent; if behavior-modification curricula can be brought into the classroom as legitimate learning material; if teachers, or even bona fide mental-health workers, can use the schools to "treat" youngsters for real or imagined psychological problems - then are schools really educational institutions or day-care clinics?
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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance
Description of System: The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults; these behaviors contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC as well as state, territorial, and local school-based surveys conducted by education and health agencies. This report summarizes results from the national survey, 34 state surveys, and 18 local surveys conducted among students in grades 9--12 during February--December 2001.
That is a depressing survey. The person(s) who put it together have some serious mental problems.
Remind me again why we are planning on homeschooling our kids.
I have read in the past few months about several localities in other states where the parents have sued the school boards over such surveys in states with legislation requiring parental notification. They say they weren't adequately notified. In some states there has been a row over some of these surveys because many parents deemed they were asking their kids about things that no kids should be asked about.
Home schooling is getting more popular every day, and now I see why. However, my daughter has graduated before they started this chit. Thank God!!! But I am just really concerned about the parents that have kids in school. Especially 7th-8th grade. And what 7th grader has the presence of mind to just say NO. Most of them will just sit quietly with their peers and just take it. :(
But from what we understand, this survey will NOT leave the school! If it doesn't leave the school then my girls don't fill it out. I really suggest they put an end to this. I'm going to make aware everyone I know about this horrible invading survey. We do have the Right to Privacy Act.
I don't like any of those surveys that they give the kids in school. Infact, I don't call them surveys....what they are is an evasion of privacy. All my kids were told by me to put a big X on the page and if the teacher asks why they did that......tell them to call me. The school has no right to invade a families privacy...... it is none of their business....period. They are to concern themselves with "Teaching" reading, writing, etc. etc. Personal inventory is crossing the line. Do you know they keep these papers and put them in your child's folder.....they profile the child and it follows them throughout their school life.
Question like, When I grow up I'll... drink beer and wine (with the obvious implication that a Yes means you're set on the troubled path to Hell) is truly a hoot, and even doubly so with the medical journals touting the benefits of 2 drinks a day. This country scares me. If I had a school aged kid I think it would be hard to find a school whose messages didn't require a daily de=programming.
Public school isn't like I remember it
By Phyllis Schlafly. Public schools seem to be obsessed with requiring students to fill out nosy questionnaires. The latest outrage, titled "How Am I?", asked 55 intrusive questions of New Jersey seventh and eighth graders. ...The teacher told the students to put their names on the questionnaire and to graph their responses to indicate their levels of risky behavior. The students received a score on the questionnaire to be applied to their class grades.
Barnesville Students Are Paid to Tell
By GABE WELLS
Several Barnesville High School students have been given $25 each for providing the high school principal information about fellow students who are using tobacco, with an emphasis on smokeless tobacco.
The Barnesville Board of Education has agreed to investigate measures to enforce the district's tobacco policy, but Barnesville High School Principal Jeff Crosier said Wednesday night his method is already working. Crosier said six or seven students already have received money.
At the Barnesville school board meeting Wednesday night, a resident of the district asked if it were true that Barnesville High School students had been given $25 for information regarding students that had used tobacco on school grounds. Principal Jeff Crosier said that was the case and the method has been successful. Crosier said the money comes from the principal's account, which is generated through the building's vending machines.
"It's not to rat the kids out. We've had a lot of trouble with tobacco and there was a bonus to turn them in,'' he said.
"It's the principal's fund from the pop and candy machines," Crosier added. "I don't know how else to stop it unless there's some fear involved."
Barnesville Superintendent Sam Lucas commended Crosier for his action and agreed that the use of tobacco is an increasing problem in the district. Crosier and Lucas both said the students using the tobacco are throwing it on the walls and other places in the building and Lucas said it is damaging.
"That's pretty much the principal's decision," Lucas said. "I commend Mr. Crosier. It's a way of stopping behavior that destroys buildings."
The discussion at the meeting then turned to whether those turned in would confront those who had provided Crosier with information. Crosier said that has not been a problem because he kept the names of the students who provided him information confidential.
Crosier said searching the students for the tobacco is also a problem. He said the students know where he is most of the time and when he does search them, the student do not have the tobacco in their pockets.
"It's in their shorts," Crosier said, explaining the difficulty in checking for tobacco on the student's person. "It's a matter of catching them. That's not easy to do."
Barnesville School District Resource Officer Bob Couch said he believed it would be a good investment for the district to purchase a metal detector. Couch said the metal detector would cost as much as $200 and would pick up smokeless tobacco containers and cigarette packs. The board agreed to the purchase of the metal detector, but the board will discuss the matter in depth to find a resolution to the problem.
Barnesville board member Joe Miller said he did not know if Crosier's method was good for the entire student body of the school.
"We need to be a little more sensitive," Miller said. "I'm not sure a rapid sweep like this does a lot for the morale of the student body."
Dr. Chris R. Tame
I agree with you about the survey. David is fairly mature for a 13 year old and that would have freaked him out. I have a problem with the school being nosey anyway. I run into that all the time. It is very typical in our district for the teachers to ask too many personal questions. Unfortunately, our parents don't know their rights and their children's rights, so they answer the questions.
Looks like another disgusting gov. program.
I have made a stand at my local school that my child attends. She is not part of any of these activities and the school has to receive my written permission for my daughter to be part of any testing, picture taken or any other extra school activities. In fact there are only two children not in the dare program, one is my daughter and another girl.
instead of the dare program the school has arranged them to be an in a computer/study class. I have talked to other parents and was surprised that a) they did not know that they can tell the school no b) if they had know this they would not have allowed their children to be part of such extra school activities.