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Christian Counseling - The Sexualization of Children

I have attached a link to a Fox story about 12-year-old students in Massachusetts who were "forced" (without parental consent) to take a very graphic survey regarding sexuality and sexual behavior. The survey was part of grant-funded research. Let me know what you think:

1. At what age (if ever) do you think it is appropriate to have children be asked about their sexual practices?

2. At what age should children be allowed to participate in activities without direct parental consent?

3. What role (if any) should the public school system play in the collection of data for research?

These are important questions to consider as we move forward. In addition, schools, who are looking for new financial streams, may be more inclined going forward to accept grant money, company sponsorship of sports programs (i.e. Nike), or corporate involvement in providing food (i.e. Taco Bell). Do you think these are valid ways for the schools to replace money lost from the slowing economy? What are the dangers, if any, of accepting this type of support? Again, let me know what you think.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Anonymous wrote:
1. Never in a formal school setting, unless there is parental consent.
2. 16.
3. None, unless there is parental consent on a case-by-case basis. Not some blanket disclaimer "we own your child 8 hours a day and you consent to whatever".

I'm fine with schools accepting money from other places. I think we should carry it to its logical conclusion and disband publicly funded schools. Vouchers would be good at a minimum. Fully private funding would be even better.

06/17/2011 @ 3:50 PM

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