The Alabama middle school teacher survey asks students about their gender identity and their parents’ political beliefs

Parents of students enrolled in an Alabama middle school were furious to learn that a teacher this week distributed a poll asking students about their gender identity and their parents’ political leanings.

The incident was reported to Huntsville City Schools, however WAAY TV stated that some parents felt the county had not done enough to address concerns about the incident.

Children taking a civics course at Challenger Middle School were asked to complete a 48-question survey that allegedly asked children if they identified as cisgender, transgender or non-binary. Parents were also asked if they would be willing to participate in “extreme body modifications.”

The parents indicated that they were not informed about the questionnaire or the nature of the questions.

“The very last question was, ‘Are your parents liberal or progressive in their political thinking?’ and the only answer was ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Neutral’ which I think is very inappropriate to ask a child and they only asked liberals and it’s definitely aimed at conservative parents”, one parent , who wished to remain anonymous, told WAY-TV.

“I asked my daughter, ‘Where did you get that question from?’ and she said, ‘I had a survey in my civics class today, and that was one of the last questions I was asked on the career survey,'” the parent said.

The anonymous parent expressed concern for her child, explaining, “It makes me very nervous because I feel like she could be singled out and bullied, especially if she says something because maybe the teacher is just trying to push an agenda. ”

The parents said they made a social media post to get in touch with other parents and make them aware of the incident. After connecting online, some parents reported that their children did not tell them about the questionnaire. Another parent stated that their child told them they had completed the course because they feared they would fail the course otherwise.

Since learning about the survey, the principal has emailed parents to apologize. He said the questions did not meet school standards and were not approved by the school or the district.

The principal wrote, “At the end of the survey, some students were given optional demographic questions that were not appropriate for school use.”

The teacher reportedly told parents that the survey was intended for a career lesson and was provided by a third party. However, it has since been removed from the school’s online portal.

A school district spokesman said he could not comment because it was a personnel matter, WAAY-TV reported. Therefore, it is not clear at this time whether the teacher will face disciplinary action.

That said Andrea Alvarez, member of the municipal school board 1819 news, “It was a mistake made by a new teacher and was dealt with within an hour of notifying the superintendent.” She continued, “Unfortunately, parents have decided that social media needs to find out before school.”

“The most important thing to do when something like this happens is to prevent further harm to our children. If you don’t alert the school right away, you increase the risk that potentially more children will be introduced to something they shouldn’t. Thank you the concerned parent for bringing the post to my attention on social media so we can take appropriate steps to protect our students,” Alvarez said.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/alabama-middle-school-teacher-s-survey-asks-students-about-their-gender-identity-and-parents-political-beliefs The Alabama middle school teacher survey asks students about their gender identity and their parents’ political beliefs

Laura Coffey

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