A public school in Colorado handed out assignments to students that collected information about the students’ political beliefs… as well as the beliefs of their parents.
The questions had a subtle bent that painted the “liberal” side in a good light, while casting the “conservative” side in a bad one. This is yet another example of the public schools conditioning children to think “correctly.”
Two examples, can be seen below:
One mother’s response is both understandable and laudable:
“I am appalled by the “Righty or Lefty” poll. First of all it is nobody’s business what mine or my 12-year-old son’s political views are. Secondly, my own son does not even know what half of these issues mean until after discussing them with him. His answers vary greatly during discussion. His views will always change as he grows and as new issues arise and he learns that these things have an effect on his life.
“As I am reading these topics, I have noticed the entire thing is pro-Liberal and con-Conservative, being completely skewed towards “Lefty-nicey/meany conservatives” ideology, which I do not approve of. The entire thing is unbalanced and an unfair and inaccurate representation. My family is NEITHER and I do not appreciate you or the school trying to pawn this assignment off on students who are too young to have valuable opinions on these subjects!
“I do not know what importance this has as being an assigned worksheet for a “major grade” (has he has informed me). I do not want to hear about it being for a government assignment! Learning about government is one thing – but it is none of your business to try and pry personal information out of a child on extremely private information. I am excusing my son from this assignment and expect this NOT to be counted against his grade.”
This assignment is a reprehensible example of the government prying into a families private beliefs, but hey, we can trust them with that information just like we can trust them with our medical and financial history… oh wait…