- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 3, 2002

Surveyors prey on students' innocence

After reading the Jan. 29 story "All that schools survey," I am convinced that we must reign in the agencies and organizations that have been interrogating our children with crude and repulsive surveys for more than two decades.

The surveyors should be gathering and analyzing hard data from existing sources such as local social service organizations, area hospitals and emergency rooms, mental-health organizations and clinics, planned parenthood organizations, police departments and emergency services, and drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centers.

Schools should not intrude in the private sphere of the family; they should instead get back to teaching the three A's academics, athletics and the arts.

At the same time, parents should not abrogate their responsibility to ensure the well-being of their children. Parents must be active. They cannot expect schools to pick up the slack for them.


CAROLE A. NUNN

Ridgewood, N.J.


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