” It is always the stories that I assume are going to be easy that morph into the most important. EVERY PARENT WITH CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOL NEED TO DOWNLOAD THIS SURVEY. Not just Maryland parents, all parents. If Maryland has one of these surveys, eventually your state or the Federal Government will be getting something similar to this, into your child’s hands. This survey is: “Middle School FALL 2014 Maryland Youth Tobacco and Risk Behavior Survey”, Montgomery County sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Basic age group is 11 to 14. The public school system is required to give these surveys, but parents have the choice to “opt-out” their children. The surveys are supposed to be anonymous, but that is highly suspect, based on some of the questions. This information is allegedly being collected to improve health education. The Maryland Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the originators of these surveys.
There are 83 multiple choice questions, covering a wide range of topics. The four questions (#51-#54) regarding sex are not the most dangerous, inappropriate, or invasive of the questions. Some questions are asked more than once, just the way it is asked is different. This is a common technique to get the truth, not just the answer the child thinks is the ‘right’ answer. The length isjust long enough to lose the attention span of children and adults alike. I found myself drifting by the third time I reached a tobacco related question. They are interspersed throughout the survey. This isanother covert way to get the truth. Normally I advocate telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, however, when the ‘truth’ might possibly be used against you for a nefarious purpose, I object. I would encourage all parents to “opt-out” their children. “