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  • Nosy Questionnaire Case: C.N. v. Ridgewood School District, (PDF)
    A lengthy and highly offensive questionnaire was administered to young students in a public school in Ridgewood, New Jersey. One question asked students whether they had tried to commit suicide, and if so how many times. Many questions implied that illegal drug use is normal behavior. Parents had not given their consent for this social engineering, which lacked any redeeming educational value. Unfortunately, this nosy questionnaire was typical of intrusive surveys commonly given in public schools.

    Eagle Forum's position: Children should not be asked to answer psychological, non-academic or incriminating questions unless the school gets prior written parental consent. Eagle Forum is a longtime opponent of nosy, intrusive questionnaires given to schoolchildren. Eagle Forum has always been a big supporter of the federal Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, passed in 1978, which bars psychological or psychiatric tests or treatment without prior written parental consent, but whose enforcement is adamantly opposed by the public school establishment.

    Result: The Third Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument on November 9, 2001 and ruled in favor of parents on December 10, 2001.

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