Monday, February 3, 2014

Parents upset over ‘game' at middle school that asked questions like ‘Do your parents drink?’ and ‘Has anyone in your family been in jail?’ | Odd News - Yahoo News



     Another story of a game as part of the curriculum that's intrusive and without parent input let alone consent: Parents upset over ‘game' at middle school that asked questions like ‘Do your parents drink?’ and ‘Has anyone in your family been in jail?’ | Odd News - Yahoo News

     Usually the reason given for these kinds of games and staged scenarios of accidents, attacks, etc. are to "foster creative thinking" or "develop critical thinking skills." In this case, the explanation given by principal Shawn Limberg had to do with social relationships: “The intent of this activity was to build stronger, more respectful relationships among students.”  

     Questions concerning alcohol use in the home, jail time, and thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

Parents were not informed beforehand of this game, which took place in the classroom, with the teacher's facilitation.

     What I find interesting is that, after many parents complained and were understandably upset (one parent said her child was threatened with "in school suspension" if the student didn't play along, even though, according to the article, students had the right to opt out) was the Principal's comment that "next time" the game is played, parents will be notified.

     So. Plans to continue with the massive data collecting going on in our schools, despite parents objections. 



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