The surveys were also personalized with the students name on it.
Read the rest of this because it is enough to make your skin crawl as an example of what our education system will stoop to and infuriate you as the invasion of privacy, the skulking way they go about informing the parents that the kids can opt out and the lack of informing the kids that they can, in fact, opt out, all sinks in.
I would be furious beyond words to find out they were trying to pull this bullshit on my kid.
A Batavia High School teacher's fans are rallying to support him as he faces possible discipline for advising students of their Constitutional rights before taking a school survey on their behavior.
They've been collecting signatures on an online petition, passing the word on Facebook, sending letters to the school board, and planning to speak at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Dryden, a social studies teacher, told some of his students April 18 that they had a 5th Amendment right to not incriminate themselves by answering questions on the survey, which had each student's name printed on it.
The survey is part of measuring how students meet the social-emotional learning standards set by the state. It is the first year Batavia has administered such a survey.
School district officials declined to provide a copy of the survey to the Daily Herald, saying the district bought the survey from a private company, Multi-Health Systems Inc., and the contents are proprietary business information.
They did provide the script teachers were to read to students before the test.
It does not tell students whether participation is mandatory or optional.
An April email communication to parents said their children could choose not to take the survey, but they had to notify the district by April 17.
The survey asked about drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and emotions, according to Brad Newkirk, chief academic officer.
The results were to be reviewed by school officials, including social workers, counselors and psychologists.
The survey was not a diagnostic tool, but a "screener" to figure out which students might need specific help, Newkirk said.
I'll tell ya what, my hat is off to this guy.
The Dude Abides.
Informed consent seems to be a less than optimal prerequisite for these school officials.
Oh, they will swear up and down they have the kids best interests at heart, as a matter of fact they get to that bit a little farther down in the article.
Even Dryden says so but he got concerned about the privacy issue and the possibility of self incrimination on the day the surveys were handed out because he says they weren't "vetted" properly.
Go read the whole article.
You can form your own opinions but as for me, I still think the guy made the right call.
Nanny doesn't sleep.
H/t to FARK for the link.