I’m not quite sure what happened to school.
It was, as far as I am able to tell, thrown away.
Something’s been put in its place, but there’s as of yet no new name.
And where our education revolution’s concerned, Virginia’s been at the forefront.
The state’s Loudoun County has certainly led the charge, but Fairfax County is no slouch.
A recent survey of students as young and old found that 13.
You might have been quizzed about science and math when you first came up in class.
Fairfax has many other opportunities.
As reported by WJLA, the 2021 Fairfax County Youth Survey is “a collaboration between Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools.”
It’ll be offered to 8th, 10th, and 12-graders.
The questionnaire begins with basics — age, grade, identity, and transgender status.
In case the kids are clueless, the inspection schools ’em:
Transgender people may be described as someone who is not sexy at birth.
“Are you transgender?” it asks.
You have four choices:
- Non, I’m not transgender
- Yes, I am transgender
- It is not clear if my gender identity is transgender.
- This question does not seem to be asking me anything.
What follows are queries which, not long ago, would’ve resulted in arrest:
- Do you remember having sexual intercourse in the past?
- What age were you at the time you experienced your first sexual encounter?
Let’s get into the details!
- What is the most recent instance of sexual intercourse you have had in your entire life?
- What percentage of people did you have sexual interactions with in the last three months?
Posed to a 13-year-old, this one might’ve had particular potential for a conclusion incorporating cuffs:
- Are you a victim of oral sex?
A couple more:
- Do you remember if you drank alcohol before having your last sexual encounter?
- What was the best way to stop pregnancy after having sexual intercourse?
The latter’s multiple choices:
- Never had sexual intercourse
- There was no way to stop pregnancy.
- Pills for birth control
- IUDs (such Mirena, ParaGard), or implants (such Implanon and Nexplanon).
- A shot (such as Depo-Provera), patch (such as Ortho Evra), or birth control ring (such as NuvaRing)
- You can withdraw or use another method
- Not sure
As noted by Arlington’s ABC7, it’s not “the first time Fairfax County developed and issued a survey like this for students.”
There have been some questions about vaping.
Fairfax County Youth Survey 2018-19 shows that 20% of FCPS students aged 13-18 vape. Initial reports indicate that those who vape or have ever smoked are more likely to experience side effects from COVID-19. Read more: https://t.co/y5HqPZTjI2#FFXCOVID pic.twitter.com/oHI7T9x7Sc
— FairfaxCounty Health (@fairfaxhealth) September 3, 2020
Depression’s been addressed as well:
According to the Fairfax County Youth Survey, 37% of students in grades 8-12 report a high level of stress, & 28% felt sad or hopeless for 2 or more weeks in a row.
How can we help children build resilience? Watch and learn: https://t.co/FOQ0OILGyh pic.twitter.com/ArKsGXVfDK
— FairfaxCounty Health (@fairfaxhealth) October 6, 2019
It’s even more fun to ask near-preteens their sex lives.
Even outside of intimacy — though the survey is anonymous — I can’t help but believe those volunteering may easily find themselves feeling undue pressure to confess their sins:
- How many times in the past year have you said something bad about someone’s race or culture?
- How many times have you texted or emailed during the last 30 days while driving a car, or any other vehicle?
- Is it possible to count the number of cyberbullied students who have attended your school over the past 12 months?
- What number of times have you made sure everyone is treated fairly in the last twelve months?
Some other oddities
- What was your usual method of getting the alcohol that you consumed in the previous 30 days?
- In the 12 most recent months, how many days were you carrying a gun? You should not add the days that you only carried a gun to hunt or target shoot.
- How many times (if any), have you taken cocaine or crack over the last 30 days?
This probe asks how many times students have attempted suicide in the previous year.
Options max out at “Six or more.”
The examination ends with question #173, “How honest were you in filling out this survey?”
I’d wish for all students to choose E, “I wasn’t honest at all.” Unless a teen asks for help, most of the subjects — in my view — aren’t any school’s business.
But that’s just me, and I’m old school — from back when 13-year-olds didn’t have to worry about their crack habits upsetting their IUDs.
It’s a new era, and it’s a new school.
It’s a very, very new school.
Fairfax County NAACP leader, also VP of Training Virginia PTA, declared “LET THEM GO” for conservative parents opposed to racist CRT Curriculum.
She resigned after being asked by the PTA. pic.twitter.com/qUuHd2zquv
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) July 17, 2021
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