Since 1991, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has surveyed teens every two years in order to identify trends in risky adolescent behaviors.
Recently, in West Bend, a concerned resident and grandmother who is also a registered nurse, raised some very valid concerns before her local school board about the survey. She stated, “How would you feel if you were asked [these questions]?” She added, “What does this have to do with educating our children?” She went on to suggest a more positive approach such as asking, “Are you aware that you are more likely to live in poverty as a single parent?” and “Are you aware of the negative physical and emotional aspects of having sex before marriage?”
Watch the short video of this testimony on this issue from the West Bend School Board meeting HERE.
“The Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been around quite a while,” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “I dare say most school districts in our state give the survey. There is no question that the questions are leading and the subject matter invasive. It’s important for parents to know they can opt their child out of taking the survey. Make sure you know if and when your child will be asked to take this survey.”